The Oldest Continuously Inhabited City in the World is Damascus

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You may have thought Jerusalem or Athens was the oldest city in the world, but that honor goes to Damascus, Syria. Continuously inhabited since at least 11,000 years ago, it was named the Arab Capital of Culture in 2008.

Damascus has more than 125 monuments showcasing its different periods of history since the 3rd millennium B.C., including the Great Mosque of the Umayyads, built in the 8th century. Today, the city is home to 1.7 million people.