List of oldest continuously inhabited cities

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This is a list of present-day cities by the time period over which they have been continuously inhabited as a city.wikipedia
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City

citiesUrbanCivil (City)
Differences in opinion can result from different definitions of "city" as well as "continuous habitation" and historical evidence is often disputed.
The cities of Faiyum, Damascus, and Varanasi are among those laying claim to the longest continual inhabitation.

Mexico City

Federal DistrictMexico City, MexicoDistrito Federal
Mexico's capital is both the oldest capital city in the Americas and one of two founded by Native Americans, the other being Quito, Ecuador.

Patna

Patna, BiharMount Carmel High School, PatnaPatna, India
One of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world, Patna was founded in 490 BCE by the king of Magadha.

Xi'an

XianXi’anXi'an, China
A sub-provincial city on the Guanzhong Plain in northwest China, it is one of the oldest cities in China, and the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Western Zhou, Qin, Western Han, Sui, and Tang.

Beijing

Beijing, ChinaPekingPeking, China
Combining both modern and traditional architecture, Beijing is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a rich history dating back three millennia.

Anuradhapura

AnuradapuraAnurādhapuraSacred City of Anuradhapura
It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.

Palembang

Palembang, IndonesiaPalembang, South SumatraPalembangese
Palembang is the one of the oldest cities in Southeast Asia.

Malacca City

MalaccaMelaka CityMalacca Town
It is the oldest Malaysian city on the Straits of Malacca, having become a successful entrepôt in the era of the Malacca Sultanate.

Shaanxi

Shaanxi ProvinceShensiShǎnxī
Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi is one of the oldest cities in China, and the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals.

Aleppo

Emirate of AleppoHalabAleppo, Syria
Continuous habitation since the Chalcolithic (or Copper Age) is vaguely possible but highly problematic to prove archaeologically for several Levantine cities (Damascus, Byblos, Aleppo, Jericho, Sidon and Beirut).
Aleppo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world; it may have been inhabited since the 6th millennium BC.

Byblos

JbeilGublaGibelet
Continuous habitation since the Chalcolithic (or Copper Age) is vaguely possible but highly problematic to prove archaeologically for several Levantine cities (Damascus, Byblos, Aleppo, Jericho, Sidon and Beirut).
It is believed to have been first occupied between 8800 and 7000BC and continuously inhabited since 5000BC, making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

Beirut

Beirut, LebanonWest BeirutEast Beirut
Continuous habitation since the Chalcolithic (or Copper Age) is vaguely possible but highly problematic to prove archaeologically for several Levantine cities (Damascus, Byblos, Aleppo, Jericho, Sidon and Beirut).
It is one of the oldest cities in the world, having been inhabited for more than 5,000 years.

Jericho

ArihaJericho DistrictAriha (Jericho)
Continuous habitation since the Chalcolithic (or Copper Age) is vaguely possible but highly problematic to prove archaeologically for several Levantine cities (Damascus, Byblos, Aleppo, Jericho, Sidon and Beirut).
It is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and the city with the oldest known protective wall in the world.

Hội An

Hoi AnHoi An Ancient TownHội An Ancient Town
Old Town Hội An, the city's historic district, is recognized as an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century, its buildings and street plan reflecting a blend of indigenous and foreign influences.

Syria

Syrian Arab RepublicSyrianEtymology of Syria
Aleppo and the capital city Damascus are among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

Erbil

ArbilIrbilArbela
Human settlement at Erbil may be dated back to the 5th millennium BC, which would make the city one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas in the world.

Yerevan

ErivanYerevan, ArmeniaErevan
Yerevan (, ; Երևան, sometimes spelled Erevan) is the capital and largest city of Armenia as well as one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities.

Athens

Athens, GreeceAthenianAthenians
Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years and its earliest human presence started somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC.

Gaziantep

AintabAntepAyntab
It is the sixth-most populous city in Turkey and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

Cádiz

CadizCadiz, SpainGades
Cádiz, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Western Europe, with archaeological remains dating to 3100 years, was founded by the Phoenicians.

Lebanon

LebaneseLebanese RepublicRepublic of Lebanon
Evidence dating back to an early settlement in Lebanon was found in Byblos, considered one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

Lisbon

Lisbon, PortugalLisboaLissabon
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the second-oldest European capital city (after Athens), predating other modern European capitals by centuries.

Málaga

MalagaMálaga, SpainMalaga, Spain
Málaga's history spans about 2,800 years, making it one of the oldest cities in Europe and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

Rome

Rome, ItalyRomanRoma
While Roman mythology dates the founding of Rome at around 753 BC, the site has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe.

Sofia

Sofia, BulgariaSofia MunicipalitySerdica
Sofia has been an area of human habitation since at least 7000 BC.