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. The age claims listed are generally disputed. Differences in opinion can result from different definitions of "city" as well as "continuous habitation" and historical evidence is often disputed. Caveats (and sources) to the validity of each claim are discussed in the "Notes" column.

Africa[edit]

Northern and the Horn[edit]

Name Historical region Location Continuously inhabited since Notes
Luxor (as Waset, better known by its Greek name Thebes) Ancient Egypt Egypt c. 3200 BC First established as capital of Upper Egypt, Thebes later became the religious capital of the nation until its decline in the Roman period.
Annaba (as Hippo Regius) Numidia Algeria 12th century BC Founded by the Phoenicians in the 12th century BC, it is the birthplace of St. Augustine of Hippo[1][better source needed]
Tripoli (as Oea) Libya c. 700 BC Founded in the 7th century BC, by the Phoenicians.[2]
Constantine (as Cirta) Algeria c. 600 BC Founded in the 6th century BC, by the Phoenicians.[3][better source needed]
Benghazi (as Euesperides) Cyrenaica Libya c. 525 BC Founded in the 5th century BC, by the Greeks.[4]
Tangier Carthage Morocco c. 500 BC Founded by the Carthageans, later chief city of the Roman Province of Mauretania Tingitana.
Axum Kingdom of Axum Ethiopia c. 400 BC Ancient capital of the Kingdom of Axum.
Berbera Bilad al-Barbar Somalia c. 400 BC The city was described as 800 stadia beyond the city of the Avalites, described in the eighth chapter of the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, which was written by a Greek merchant in the 1st century AD.
Alexandria Ancient Egypt Egypt 332 BC Founded by Alexander the Great.[5]
Mogadishu Bilad al-Barbar Somalia c. 200 BC Successor of the ancient trading power of Sarapion.
Djenné-Jeno Mali c. 200 BC One of the oldest known cities in sub-Saharan Africa.[6]
Old Cairo Egypt Egypt c. 100 AD Babylon Fortress moved to its current location in the reign of Emperor Trajan, forming the core of Old or Coptic Cairo[unreliable source?].[7]
Zeila/Avalite Bilad al-Barbar Somalia 1st century AD Major trading city in the Horn of Africa.
Kismayo Bilad al-Barbar, after the 13th century part of the Ajuran Empre Somalia 4th century The Kismayo area was originally a small fishing settlement and expanded to a major trading city on the Somali coast.[8]
Fes (as Fes-al-Bali) Morocco 789 Founded as the new capital of the Idrisid Dynasty.[9]
Marrakesh (Murakuc) Morocco 1070 Founded by the Almoravid Dynasty.[unreliable source?][10]

Sub-Saharan[edit]

Name Historical region Location Continuously inhabited since Notes
Igodomigodo Kingdom of Benin Nigeria c. 400 BC[citation needed] City of Benin, the oldest cities in Nigeria.
Ife Osun State Nigeria c. 350 BC Earliest traces of habitation date to the 4th century BC.[11]
Zanzibar Swahili Coast Tanzania 1st–3rd centuries AD[citation needed] A Greco-Roman text between the 1st and 3rd centuries AD, the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, mentioned the island of Menuthias (Ancient Greek: Μενουθιάς), which is probably Unguja, an island suburb of the city.
Walata Ghana Empire Mauritania 7th-10th centuries A Mande Soninke town founded during the apogee of the Ghana Empire. It would remain a relevant, even dominant, trade town until being supplanted Timbuktu in the 15th Century.[12]
Sofala Swahili Coast Mozambique c. 700[citation needed] One of the oldest harbours documented in Southern Africa.
Pate Swahili Coast Kenya 8th century[citation needed] According to the Pate Chronicle, the town of Pate was founded by refugees from Oman in the 8th century.
Mombasa Swahili Coast Kenya 900[citation needed] The strategic location of this historical Swahili trading centre has seen it fall under the control of many countries.
Moroni Swahili Coast Comoros 10th century[citation needed] Founded, possibly during the 10th century, as the capital of a sultanate connected commercially to Zanzibar in Tanzania.
Kano Kano State Nigeria 11th century The foundation for the construction of Kano City Walls was laid by Sakri Gijimasu from 1095 – 1134, and was completed in the middle of the 14th century during the reign of Zamnagawa.[13]
Timbuktu Mali Empire Mali 11th century Settled by Tuareg traders as an outpost, its incorporation into the Mali Empire and Mande, Soninke, and Songhai settlement from the 13th century rapidly developed the town.[14]
Malindi Swahili Coast Kenya 13th–14th centuries[citation needed] Once rivaled only by Mombasa for dominance in this part of East Africa, it was first referenced in writing by Abu al-Fida (1273–1331), a Kurdish geographer and historian.
Quelimane Swahili Coast Mozambique 1400[citation needed] One of the oldest towns in the region, one tradition says that Vasco da Gama, in 1498, enquired about the name of the place from workers in the fields outside the settlement.
Tanga Swahili Coast Tanzania 1500[citation needed] The earliest documentation about Tanga roots from the Portuguese who established a trading post as part of their East African coastal territory and controlled the region for over 200 years between 1500 and 1700.
Lagos Kingdom of Benin Nigeria 16th century Initially established as a war camp for soldiers from the Kingdom of Benin.[15]
Ouidah Kingdom of Whydah Benin 16th century The primary port of the Kingdom of Whydah, originally called Glehue by the Fon inhabitants. The town was conquered by the Kingdom of Dahomey in the 18th century and eventually exported more than 1 million slaves.[16]
Cape Town Dutch East India Company South Africa 1652 Founded by Dutch settlers from Dutch East India Company and is the oldest city in South Africa.
Kumasi Ashanti Empire Ghana c. 1680[citation needed] Founded as Akan village and capital of the Kumaseman State, later becoming capital of Ashanti Empire.

Americas[edit]

North America[edit]

Name Historical region Location Continuously inhabited since Notes
Cholula Old Cholula Mexico 2nd century BC Pre-Columbian Cholula grew from a small village to a regional center during the 7th century. Oldest still-inhabited city in the Americas.
Flores Maya civilisation, then New Spain Guatemala 1st millennium BC[17] Formerly Nojpetén, the capital of the Itza kingdom, it has been occupied continuously since prehispanic times.[18] Earliest archaeological traces date back to 900–600 BC, with major expansion of the settlement occurring around 250–400 AD.[19] Ethnohistoric documents claim the founding of Nojpetén in the mid-15th century AD.[20]
Oraibi, Arizona Puebloan peoples US c. 1100 AD
Acoma Pueblo Puebloan peoples US c. 1200
Tucson Hohokam US c. 1300[21] Hohokam village founded at the base of Sentinel Peak, later Tohono O'odam. Afterwards, became a Spanish presidio.[22]
Mexico City Mexica culture Mexico 1325 Founded as twin cities Tenōchtitlān (1325) and Tlāltelōlco (1337) by the Mexica. Name changed to Ciudad de México (Mexico City) after the Spanish conquest of the city in 1521. Several other pre-Columbian towns such as Azcapotzalco, Tlatelolco, Xochimilco and Coyoacán have been engulfed by the still growing metropolis and are now part of modern Mexico City. Oldest capital city in the Americas.
Santo Domingo New Spain Dominican Republic 1496 Oldest European settlement in the New World.
San Juan New Spain Puerto Rico 1508 Oldest continuously inhabited city in a US territory.
Nombre de Dios, Colón New Spain Panama 1510 Oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in continental America.
Baracoa New Spain Cuba 1511 Oldest European settlement in Cuba.
Havana New Spain Cuba 1519 Oldest major city in Cuba, established 1515, granted city status in 1592 by Philip II of Spain as "Key to the New World and Rampart of the West Indies".
Veracruz New Spain Mexico 1519 Oldest continuously inhabited European established settlement in the North American continent.
Panama City Cueva Civilisation. After European colonisation: New Spain Panama 1519[23] Oldest European settlement on the Pacific.
St. Augustine, Florida New Spain US 1565 Oldest continuously inhabited European-founded city of the current 50 U.S. states; oldest city in state of Florida.
Santa Fe, New Mexico New Spain US 1607 Oldest continuously inhabited state or territorial capital in the continental United States.
Quebec City New France Canada 1608 Oldest city in Canada and oldest French-speaking city in the Americas.
Hopewell, Virginia Virginia Company US 1613 Founded as Bermuda City in 1613 and later known as City Point, Virginia, this location has undergone several name changes but has remained continuously inhabited.
Albany, New York New Netherlands US 1614 Followed by Jersey City, New Jersey (Communipaw) in 1617 and New York City (as New Amsterdam) in 1624 or 1625. (Note: While there was an abandonment in 1617 or 1618 of the Albany settlement, it was re-established within a few years; also, the Jersey City settlement was a factorij or trading post in the 1610s and did not become a "homestead" (bouwerij) until the 1630s. Settlements in New Netherlands sometimes moved around in the early years.)
Plymouth, Massachusetts Plymouth Colony US 1620 Fourth oldest continuously inhabited European-founded city in the United States[24]
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland Colony Canada c. 1630 Some claims[citation needed] to being the oldest city in Canada. Incorporated in 1883; inhabited continuously since sometime after 1630.
Saint John New France Canada 1631 Oldest incorporated city in Canada.
Trois-Rivières New France Canada 1634 Fourth oldest city in Canada.
Montreal New France Canada 1642 Fifth oldest city in Canada.
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan New France US 1668 Oldest European-founded city in the Midwestern United States and third oldest US city west of the Appalachian Mountains.
Philadelphia County Pennsylvania Colony US 1681
Detroit, Michigan New France US 1701 First European settlement above tidewater in North America.
Winnipeg British America Canada 1738 Founded as Fort Rouge. Oldest city in the Canadian Prairies.
San Diego New Spain US 1769 Birthplace of California and oldest city on the West Coast of the United States.
Victoria British North America Canada 1843 Oldest city on the West Coast of Canada.

South America[edit]

Name Historical region Location Continuously inhabited since Notes
Quito Quitu culture Ecuador 980 Quito's origins date back to 2000 BC,[dubious ] when the Quitu tribe occupied the area.
Cusco Inca Empire Peru c. 1100[dubious ] The Killke occupied the region from 900 to 1200, prior to the arrival of the Incas in the 13th century. Carbon-14 dating of Saksaywaman, the walled complex outside Cusco, has demonstrated that the Killke culture constructed the fortress about 1100.[25]
Cumaná New Granada Venezuela 1515 Oldest continuously-inhabited, European-established settlement in the continent.
Santa Marta New Granada Colombia 1525 Oldest still-inhabited city founded by Spaniards in Colombia.
São Vicente, São Paulo Governorate General of Brazil Brazil 1532 First Portuguese settlement in South America.
Piura Peru Peru 1532 Oldest European-founded city in Peru.[26]
Lima Peru Peru 1535 Second oldest continuously inhabited European-settled capital city in South America.
Cali New Granada Colombia 1536 On 25 July 1536 Belalcázar founded Santiago de Cali, first established a few kilometres north of the present location, near what are now the towns of Vijes and Riofrío.
Santiago Captaincy General of Chile Chile 1541 Oldest continuously inhabited European established settlement in Chile.
Santiago del Estero Río de la Plata Argentina 1553 Oldest continuously inhabited city in Argentina.

Asia[edit]

Central and Southern[edit]

Name Historical region Location Continuously inhabited since Notes
Varanasi Kashi Uttar Pradesh, India 1800 BC Recent excavations at Aktha and Ramnagar, two sites very near to Varanasi, show them to be from 1800 BC.
Allahabad (Prayag) Vatsa Uttar Pradesh, India 1750 BC[27][28] Archaeological sites in India, such as Kosambi and Jhusi near Allahabad in present-day Uttar Pradesh show iron implements in the period 1800–1200 BC.Kosambi or Kaushambi was an important city in ancient India, located on the Yamuna River about 56 kilometres (35 mi) southwest of its confluence with the Ganges at Prayag (modern Allahabad).[29]
Balkh (as Bactra) Bactria Balkh Province, Afghanistan 1500 BC[citation needed]
Kabul Gandhara Kabul, Afghanistan c. 1170 BC
Samarqand Sogdiana Uzbekistan 700 BC[citation needed]
Ujjain Malwa Madhya Pradesh, India c. 600 BC.[30] Rose to prominence in c. 600 BC as capital of Avanti.
Rajagriha (Rajgir) Magadha Bihar, India 600 BC[citation needed]
Vaisali Magadha Bihar, India 500 BC[unreliable source?][31]
Patna Magadha Bihar, India 5th century BC[32] As Pataliputra was founded by Ajatashatru.
Kanchipuram Pallavas TamilNadu, India 2nd Century BC Place of all 4 (budha/jain/saiva/vainava) learning and the birth place of Chanakya
Anuradhapura Kingdom of Rajarata North Central Province, Sri Lanka 4th century BC[33]
Madurai Pandyan Kingdom Tamil Nadu, India 3rd century BC Megasthenes may have visited Madurai during the 3rd century BCE, with the city referred as "Methora" in his accounts.[34] The view is contested by some scholars who believe "Methora" refers to the north Indian city of Mathura, as it was a large and established city in the Mauryan Empire.[35]
Peshawar Gandhara Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan 2nd century BC[36] Ongoing excavations in the Gorkhatri area have uncovered evidence of the earliest building in the city.
Bamyan Bactria Bamyan Province, Afghanistan 1st century AD
Kathmandu-Patan, Lalitpur Nepal Kathmandu valley, Nepal 2nd century AD The epigraphically attested history of Kathmandu valley begins in the 2nd century.
Dacca Dhaka Bangladesh 7th century
Tiruvannamalai Pallava dynasty or Hoysala Empire Tamil Nadu, India 9th century The recorded history of the town dates back to the ninth century, as seen from a Chola inscriptions in the temple.[37][38]

Eastern[edit]

Name Historical region Location Continuously inhabited since Notes
Yanshi, Henan (Erlitou Site) Xia dynasty (Erlitou culture) Henan, China c. 1900 BC
Luoyang (as Xibo, Luoyi, Zhongguo, Henan, Dongdu, Shendu) Shang Dynasty Henan, China c. 1600 BC
Xi'an (as Haojing, Fenghao, Chang'an, Jingzhao, Daxing) Zhou Dynasty Shaanxi, China c. 1100 BC
Handan Jin Hebei, China c. 1080 BC
Beijing (as Ji, Youzhou, Fanyang, Yanjing, Zhongdu, Dadu) Ji, Yan Beijing, China c. 1045 BC Paleolithic homo sapiens lived in the caves from about 27,000 to 10,000 years ago.[39]
Zibo (as Yingqiu, Linzi, Qiling, Zichuan, Boping) Qi Shandong, China c. 1045 BC The Lord of Qi, Jiang Ziya, set the capital of his manor at Yingqiu(营丘), which is today's Linzi District.
Jingzhou (as Jinan, Yingdu, Jiangling, Jingsha, Nanjun) Chu Hubei, China c. 689 BC
Hefei (as Luyi, Ruyin, Luzhou, Hezhou, Lujiang) Zhou Dynasty Anhui, China c. 650 BC The Viscount of Lu was asked to set the capital of his manor at Luyi(庐邑), which is in the north of today's downtown Hefei.
Suzhou (as Gusu, Wu, Pingjiang) Wu Jiangsu, China 514 BC
Taiyuan (as Jinyang) Jin Shanxi, China c. 497 BC
Nanjing (as Yecheng, Moling, Jianye, Jiankang, Jinling, Yingtian, Jiangning) Wu Jiangsu, China c. 495 BC Fu Chai, Lord of the State of Wu, founded a fort named Yecheng (冶城) in today's Nanjing area.
Chengdu Shu Sichuan, China c. 400 BC The 9th Kaiming king of the ancient Shu moved his capital to the city's current location from today's nearby Pixian.
Changsha (as Linxiang, Xiangzhou, Tanzhou, Tianlin) Chu Hunan, China c. 365 BC
Kaifeng (as Daliang, Bianzhou, Dongjing, Bianjing) Wei Henan, China c. 364 BC The State of Wei founded a city called Daliang (大梁)as its capital in this area.
Liaoyang (as Xiangping, Changping, Liaodong, Pingzhou, Liaozhou, Dongdu, Dongjing) Yan Liaoning, China c. 279 BC
Guangzhou (as Panyu) Qin Dynasty Guangdong, China 214 BC[citation needed]
Hangzhou (as Lin'an, Yuhang, Qiantang) Qin Dynasty Zhejiang, China c. 200 BC The city of Hangzhou was founded about 2,200 years ago during the Qin Dynasty.
Pyeongyang (as Wanggeom-seong) Gojoseon North Korea 194 BC Built as the capital city of Gojoseon in 194 BC.
Gyeongju Silla South Korea 57 BC Built as the capital city of Silla in 57 BC.
Seoul (as Wiryeseong) Baekjae South Korea 18 BC Built as the capital city of Baekjae in 18 BC.
Osaka (as Naniwa) Japan Japan c. 400 AD It was inhabited as early at the 6th–5th centuries BC, and became a port city during the Kofun period. It temporarily served as the capital of Japan from 645 to 655.
Nara (as Heijō-kyō) Japan Japan 710 Built as a new capital city in 710.
Kyoto (as Heian-kyō, and sometimes known in the west as Miyako) Japan Japan 794 Shimogamo Shrine was built in the 6th century, but the city was officially founded as Heian-kyō when it became the capital in 794.

Southeastern[edit]

Name Historical region Location Continuously inhabited since Notes
Jakarta Tarumanagara Indonesia 397 AD[40] Despite the popular belief that Jakarta (Jayakarta) was founded by Demak Sultanate in 1527 AD,[41] Jakarta is the oldest and the biggest city in the South East Asia region. The area of North Jakarta around Tugu area was inhabited far earlier since early 5th century. Tugu inscription (probably written around 417 AD) discovered in Batutumbuh hamlet, Tugu village, Koja, North Jakarta, mentioned King Purnawarman of Tarumanagara undertook hydraulic projects; the irrigation and water drainage project of the Chandrabhaga river and the Gomati river near his capital.[40]
Hanoi Jiaozhou Vietnam 454 First mentioned as Tống Bình in 454 AD, the Đại La citadel was built in 767 during the reign of Emperor Daizong of Tang; Ly Cong Uan renamed it Thăng Long in 1010.
Palembang Srivijaya Indonesia 683[42] Believed to be the oldest city in the Malay realm, capital of the Srivijaya empire. According to Kedukan Bukit inscription[42] Jayanasa established Srivijaya kingdom in Palembang area.
Luang Prabang Muang Sua Laos 698
Yogyakarta Mataram Kingdom Indonesia 732[43] The historic realm of Mataram of Southern Central Java region, which corresponds to today Yogyakarta city and its surrounding has its root in 8th century Mataram Kingdom. According to Canggal inscription dated 732, the area traditionally known as "Mataram" became the capital of the Medang Kingdom, identified as Mdang i Bhumi Mataram established by King Sanjaya.[43] The city reestablished again as the capital of Mataram Sultanate in 1587, and Yogyakarta Sultanate in 1755.
Siem Reap Khmer Empire Cambodia 801[44] Capital of the Khmer Empire.
Bagan Pagan Empire Myanmar 849[45]
Magelang Mataram Indonesia 907 Magelang was established on 11 April 907. Magelang was then known as a village called Mantyasih, which is now known as Meteseh.[46]
Bandar Seri Begawan Po-ni and Bruneian Empire Brunei 977[47] Oldest city in Borneo.
Butuan Rajahnate of Butuan Philippines 1001[48][49] Oldest continuously inhabited city in Mindanao.
Kediri Kediri Kingdom Indonesia 1042[50] Along with changes in name, it is essentially a union of the two capitals of Panjalu Kingdom and Janggala Kingdom. The settlements are always interspersed along both banks of Brantas River. Administratively, the Government of Indonesia divides Kediri into two political entities, Kediri Regency and the Town of Kediri which is located in the middle of the regency. Nevertheless, archaeological remains exist beyond administrative boundaries and settlements often spread disregarding administrative boundaries between both entities.
Yangon Konbaung Dynasty Myanmar 1043[51] Yangon was founded as Dagon in the early 11th century (circa 1028–1043) by the Mon but was renamed to "Yangon" after King Alaungpaya conquered Dagon.
Surabaya Janggala Kingdom Indonesia 1045[52]:147

The port city of Janggala or Hujung Galuh was one of the two Javanese capital city that was formed when Airlangga abdicated his throne in favour of his two sons in 1045.[52]:147 The Kingdom of Janggala comprised the northeastern part of the Kingdom of Kahuripan. The other Kingdom was Kediri. Derived its name from the words "suro" (shark) and "boyo" (crocodile), two creatures which are in a local myth.[53]

Singapore Singapura Singapore 1170[54]
Singhapala Rajahnate of Cebu Philippines 13th century[55][56] Ancient city founded by Sri Rajahmura Lumaya or Sri Lumay, a half Tamil Chola prince.[57] Now part of Barangay Mabolo in Northern district of Cebu City.[55][56]
Banda Aceh Aceh Sultanate Indonesia 1205

Originally named Kutaraja, which means "City of the King".

Sukhothai Sukhothai Kingdom Thailand 1238
Manila Tondo and Rajahnate of Maynila Philippines 1258[58] A settlement in the Manila area already existed by the year 1258. This settlement was ruled by Rajah Avirjirkaya whom described as a "Majapahit Suzerain". This settlement was attacked by a Bruneian commander named Rajah Ahmad, who defeated Avirjirkaya and established Manila as a "Muslim principality".[58] By 1570, when the Spanish, led by Miguel López de Legazpi, arrived, it was still inhabited and led by at least one Lakan and several Rajahs.
Ayutthaya Ayutthaya Kingdom Thailand 1351

Derived its name from the holy Hindu city of Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama and the setting of the epic Ramayana. Ayutthaya was the capital city of Siam from 1351 until 1767.

Muar Majapahit Malaysia 1361[59]
Phnom Penh Khmer Empire Cambodia 1372[60]
Malacca Malacca Sultanate Malaysia 1396[61]
Hội An Nguyễn dynasty Vietnam 14th century[62]
Bogor Sunda Kingdom Indonesia 1482

Western[edit]

Ruins of ancient city of Damascus
Ruins of ancient city of Damascus
Ruins in Byblos
Ruins in Byblos
Ancient city of Aleppo
Ancient city of Aleppo

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).

Cities became more common outside the Fertile Crescent with the Early Iron Age from about 1100 BC. The foundation of Rome in 753 BC is conventionally taken as one of the dates initiating Classical Antiquity.[citation needed]

Name Historical region Location Continuously inhabited as a "city" since Notes
Damascus Levant Syria Chalcolithic; 3rd millennium BC[63] Damascus is often claimed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Excavations at Tell Ramad on the outskirts of the city have demonstrated that the general area was inhabited as early as 9000 BC. However, it is not documented as an important city until the arrival of the Aramaeans.[63][64]
Byblos (Jubayl) Levant Lebanon Chalcolithic; 3000 BC[65][66] Settled from the Neolithic (carbon-dating tests have set the age of earliest settlement around 7000[67]), a city since the 3rd millennium BC.[68][65] Byblos had a reputation as the "oldest city in the world" in Antiquity (according to Philo of Byblos).
Gaziantep Anatolia Southeastern Anatolia, Turkey c. 3650 BC[69] Although most modern scholars place the Classical Antiochia ad Taurum at Gaziantep, some maintain that it was located at Aleppo. Furthermore, that the two cities occupy the same site is far from established fact.[70] Assuming this to be the case, the founding date of the present site would be about 1000 BC.[71]
Jericho Levant Palestine 1st millennium BC Traces of habitation from 9000 BC.[72][73] Fortifications date to 6800 BC (or earlier), making Jericho the earliest known walled city.[74]

Archaeological evidence indicates that the city was destroyed and abandoned several times (sometimes remaining uninhabited for hundreds of years at a time), with later rebuilding and expansion.[75][76]

Rey Media Iran 3000 BC[77] A settlement at the site goes back to the 3rd millennium BC. Rey (also Ray or Rayy) is mentioned in the Avesta (an important text of prayers in Zoroastrianism) as a sacred place, and it is also featured in the book of Tobit.[77]
Beirut Levant Lebanon 3000 BC[78]
Jerusalem (Old City) Levant Israel/Palestine 2800 BC[79]
Tyre Levant Lebanon 2750 BC[80]
Jenin Levant Palestine c. 2450 BC[81] Jenin's history goes back to 2450 BC, when it was built by the Canaanites. After 1244, Jenin flourished economically because of its location on the trade route, until a major earthquake completely destroyed the city.[82]
Aleppo Levant Syria 2nd millennium BC
Homs Levant Syria possibly early 3rd century BC May have been founded by Seleucus I Nicator
Erbil Mesopotamia Iraqi Kurdistan, Iraq 2300 BC[83][84] The Citadel of Arbil is a fortified settlement in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. The city corresponds to ancient Arbela. Settlement at Erbil (Kurdish: Hewlêr) can be dated back to possibly 5000 BC, but not urban life until c. 2300.
Kirkuk (as Arrapha) Mesopotamia Kirkuk Governorate, Iraq 3000–2200 BC[85]
Jaffa Levant Israel c. 2000 BC Archaeological evidence shows habitation from 7500 BC.[86]
Sidon Levant Lebanon 2nd millennium BC Sidon becomes a city-state during the 2nd millennium BC.[87]
Hebron Levant Palestine c. 1500 BC "Hebron is considered one of the oldest cities and has been continuously inhabited for nearly 3500 years."[88]
Gaza Levant Palestine c. 1000 BC While evidence of habitation dates back at least 5,000 years, it is said to be continuously inhabited for a little more than 3,000 years.[89][90]
Hamadan (as Ecbatana) Media Iran c. 800 BC[91]
Yerevan Urartu Armenia 782 BC Founded as Erebuni. The Shengavit Settlement in the southwestern district of Yerevan was founded in the late 4th millennium BC, during the Calcolithic period.
Lod Levant Israel 200 AD[92]
Tabriz Caucasus Iran 3rd-7th century AD The earliest elements of the present Tabriz are claimed to be built either at the time of the early Sassanids in the 3rd or 4th century AD, or later in the 7th century.[93]
Yazd Media Iran 5th century AD[94] It has long been a haven for Zoroastrians.[94]

Australasia[edit]

Name Historical region Location Continuously inhabited since Notes
Sydney New South Wales Australia 1788 Oldest city in Australia and oldest city in Oceania. Radiocarbon dating suggests human activity occurred in and around Sydney for at least 30,000 years, in the Upper Paleolithic period.[95][96] However, numerous Aboriginal stone tools found in Sydney's far western suburbs' gravel sediments were dated to be from 45,000 to 50,000 years BP, which would mean that humans could have been in the region earlier than thought.[97][98] The first people to occupy the Sydney region were an Indigenous Australian group called the Eora.[99][100]
Hobart Tasmania Australia 1803 Second oldest city in Australia. Prior to British settlement, the area had been occupied for at least 8,000 years, but possibly for as long as 35,000 years,[101] by the semi-nomadic Mouheneener tribe, a sub-group of the Nuennone, or South-East tribe.[102]
George Town Tasmania Australia 1804 Third oldest city in Australia.
Newcastle New South Wales Australia 1804 Fourth oldest city in Australia.
Launceston Tasmania Australia 1806 Fifth oldest city in Australia.
Kerikeri Northland New Zealand c. 1818 Oldest European-founded settlement in New Zealand.
Bluff Southland New Zealand 1824 Previously known as Campbelltown, the oldest European-founded settlement in the South Island.
Brisbane Queensland Australia 1825 Oldest city in Northern Australia, State Capital.
Albany Western Australia Australia 1827 Oldest city in the West Coast of Australia.
Perth Western Australia Australia 1829 The area had been inhabited by the Whadjuk Noongar people for over 40,000 years, as evidenced by archaeological findings on the Upper Swan River.[103]
Melbourne Victoria Australia 1835 Before the arrival of European settlers, the area was occupied for an estimated 31,000 to 40,000 years.[104] At the time of European settlement, it was inhabited by under 20,000 hunter-gatherers from three indigenous regional tribes: the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung and Wathaurong.[105][106]
Adelaide South Australia Australia 1836 State Capital.
Wellington Wellington Region New Zealand 1839 New Zealand's capital city from 1865 until the present day.
Auckland Auckland Region New Zealand 1840 New Zealand's capital city from 1841 - 1865.
Darwin Northern Territory Australia 1869 Territory Capital.
Canberra Australian Capital Territory Australia 1913 Capital city of Australia. Artefacts suggests early human activity occurred at some point in Canberra dating at around 21,000 years ago.[107]

Europe[edit]

Name Historical region Location Continuously inhabited since Notes
Argos Neolithic, Mycenaean Greece Greece 6th–5th millennium BC[108] The city has been cycling between village and city status for 7,000 years. Recorded history begins in latter 1st millennium BC.
Athens Neolithic, Mycenaean Greece Attica, Greece 5th–4th millennium BC[109][110][111][page needed] Recorded history begins in 1400 BC.
Plovdiv Thrace Plovdiv Province, Bulgaria 2nd-1st millennium BC Thracian foundation, conquered by Phillip II of Macedon in 342 BC.
Chania Crete Crete, Greece c. 1700–1500 BC[112][unreliable source?] Minoan foundation as Kydonia.
Thebes Mycenaean Greece Boeotia, Greece c. 1600–1250 BC[113] Mycenaean foundation.
Larnaca Alashiya Cyprus c. 1400 BC[citation needed] Mycenaean, then Phoenician colony.
Trikala Mycenaean Greece Thessaly, Greece before 1200 BC[citation needed] Founded as Trikke.
Chalcis Mycenaean Greece Greece before 1200 BC[citation needed] Mentioned by Homer.
Lisbon Iron Age Iberia Portugal c. 1200 BC[citation needed] A settlement since the Neolithic. Allis Ubbo, arguably a Phoenician name, became Olissipo(-nis) in Greek and Latin (also Felicitas Julia after Roman conquest in 205 BC).
Cádiz Iron Age Iberia Andalusia, Spain 1100 BC[citation needed] founded as Phoenician Gadir, "Europe's oldest city".[114][115] It has archaeological remains dating to 3100 years.[116][117]
Patras Mycenaean Greece Greece c. 1100 BC[citation needed] Founded by Patreus.
Chios Chios North Aegean, Greece c. 1100 BC[citation needed]
Nicosia Mycenaean Greece Cyprus c. 1050 BC[citation needed] Mycenaean foundation as Ledra. Archeological evidence of continuous habitation since the beginning of the Bronze Age 2500 years BC.[citation needed]
Zadar Illyricum Croatia c. 1000 BC[citation needed] Founded by Liburnians. Oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia. Main Liburnian settlement.
Mtskheta Caucasian Iberia Georgia c. 1000 BC[citation needed] Remains of towns at this location have been dated to earlier than the year 1000 BC, and Mtskheta was capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Iberia during the 3rd century BC – 5th century AD. It was the site of early Christian activity, and the location where Christianity was proclaimed the state religion of Georgia in 337.
Mytilene Lesbos North Aegean, Greece 10th century BC[citation needed]
Vani Colchis Imereti, Georgia before 8th century BC[118][119]
Seville Iron Age Iberia Andalusia, Spain 8th century BC[citation needed] founded as Tartessian Spal.[120]
Málaga Iron Age Iberia Andalusia, Spain 8th century BC[citation needed] founded as Phoenician Malaka.[121][page needed]
Mdina Antiquity Malta Malta 8th century BC[122] founded as Phoenician Melite.
Cagliari Sardinia Sardinia, Italy 8th century BC[citation needed] Founded by Phoenicians from Tyre as Krly, Caralis in Roman times, Callaris in Middle Ages.
Messina (as Zancle) Sicily Sicily, Italy 8th century BC[citation needed]
Rome Latium Lazio, Italy 753 BC[citation needed] Continuous habitation since approximately 1000 BC.; pastoral village on the northern part of the Palatine Hill dated to the 9th century BC; see also History of Rome and Founding of Rome.
Reggio di Calabria (as Rhégion) Magna Graecia Calabria, Italy 743 BC[123] Continuous habitation since approximately 1500 BC, as we have notice about the Ausonian-Italic pre-Greek settlement and about the sculptor Léarchos of Reggio (late 15th century BC)[124] and King Iokastos (early 13th century BC).[125]
Palermo (as זִיז, Ziz) Phoenicia Sicily, Italy 734 BC[citation needed] Settlement presence since approximately 8000 BC, as we know through cave drawings in the area now known as Addaura, but continuous documented habitation since the Phoenician times (734 BC is traditionally considered as the founding year).
Syracuse Sicily Sicily, Italy 734 BC[citation needed] A colony of the Greek city of Corinth.
Volterra Tuscany Tuscany, Italy c. 725 BC[citation needed] An Etruscan mining settlement.[126]
Crotone (as Kroton) Calabria Magna Graecia, Italy 710 BC[citation needed] Greek colony.
Taranto (as Taras) Magna Graecia Apulia, Italy 706 BC[citation needed] Founded as the only Spartan colony by the Partheniae, children of unmarried Spartan women and perioikoi, free non-citizen residents of Sparta and her territories.
Corfu, Kerkyra Corfu Ionian Islands, Greece 700 BC[citation needed] A colony of the Greek city of Corinth.
Kerch (as Panticapaeum) pre-Roman Crimea Region of Ukraine occupied by Russia 7th century BC[citation needed] Greek colony.
Feodosiya (as Theodosia) pre-Roman Crimea Region of Ukraine occupied by Russia 7th century BC[citation needed] Greek colony.
Istanbul/Byzantion Thrace Anatolia Turkey 685 BC Anatolia; 667 BC Thrace[citation needed] Neolithic site dated to 6400 BC, over port of Lygos by Thracians c. 1150 BC. Greek colony.
Naples Magna Graecia Italy c. 680 BC[127] Actually the date at which an older settlement close by, called Parthenope, was founded by settlers from Cumae. This eventually merged with Neapolis proper, which was founded c. 470 BC.
Ibiza (as 'Ybsm) Balearic Islands Spain 654 BC[citation needed] Founded by the Phoenicians, according to Diodorus Siculus, book 5, chap. 16. Date consistent with archaeological finds.[128]
Durrës Illyria Albania 627–625 BC[129] Formerly Epidamnos.
Sozopol Thrace Burgas Province, Bulgaria 610 BC Founded by Miletian colonists around 610 BCE, was named Apollonia Pontica in honour of the patron deity of Miletus - Apollo. The Ancient authors identify the philosopher named Anaximander as the founder of the city.
Edessa, Greece Macedonia Greece before the 6th century BC[citation needed] Greek city, capital of the kingdom of Macedon up to the 6th century BC.
Marseilles (as Massilia) Gaul France 600 BC[citation needed] A colony of the Greek city of Phocaea.
Kavala Macedonia Greece 6th century BC[citation needed] Greek colony. Founded as Neapolis.
Mangalia Dacia Romania 6th century BC[citation needed] Founded as Callatis.
Constanţa Dacia Romania 6th century BC[citation needed] Founded as Tomis.
Mantua Po Valley Lombardy, Italy 6th century BC[citation needed] Village settlement since c. 2000 BC; became an Etruscan city in the 6th century BC.
Milan Po Valley, Cisalpine Gaul Lombardy, Italy 6th century BC Founded by the Insubres in the 6th century BC according to Titus Livy. Conquered by the Romans in 222 BC.
Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi (as Tyras) Pontic Greeks Bessarabia, Ukraine 6th century BC[citation needed]
Kutaisi Colchis Imereti province, Georgia 6th to 4th century BC Archaeological evidence indicates that the city functioned as the capital of the kingdom of Colchis in the sixth to fifth centuries BC.[130]
Varna Thrace Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria 585-570 BC[citation needed] Founded[131] as Odessos by settlers from the Greek city of Miletus.
Sant Martí d'Empúries (as Emporion) Iberia Catalonia, Spain c. 575 BC[citation needed] A colony of the Greek city of Phocaea. Present Sant Martí is on the ancient Palaiopolis of Emporion, in an island next to the coast; in 550 BC, the inhabitants moved to the mainland, creating the Neapolis: Palaiapolis remained as a small neighbourhood.
Lamia Greece before the 5th century BC[citation needed] Greek city. First mentioned 424 BC
Serres Macedonia Greece 5th century BC[citation needed] Greek city. First mentioned in the 5th century BC as Siris.
Veria Macedonia Greece c. 432 BC[citation needed] Greek city. First mentioned by Thucydides in 432 BC.
Rhodes Rhodes, Aegean Sea Dodecanese, Greece c. 408 BC[citation needed] Greek city.
Sofia Moesia Sofia Valley, Bulgaria 4th century BC[citation needed] Celtic foundation as Serdica.[132]
Metz Gaul France 4th century BC[citation needed] Founded as the oppidum of Celtic Mediomatrici. However, Human permanent presence has been established in the site since 2500 BC.
Roses (as Rhode) Iberia Catalonia, Spain 4th century BC[citation needed] The exactly origin of the city is unknown, but there are remains of a Greek colony from the 4th century BC, although some historians consider the foundation earlier, at the 8th century BC. However, permanent human presence has been established in the site since 3000 BC as evidenced by the different megalithic monuments surrounding the city.
Qabala (as Kabalaka) Caucasian Albania Azerbaijan 4th century BC[citation needed] Archeological evidence indicates that the city functioned as the capital of the Caucasian Albania as early as the 4th century BC.[133]
Stara Zagora Thrace Bulgaria 342 BC[citation needed] It was called Beroe in ancient times and was founded by Phillip II of Macedon[134][135][136][137] although a Thracian settlement neolithic inhabitation have been discovered as well. It also has the oldest copper mines in Europe (5th millennium BC)
Thessaloniki Macedonia (ancient kingdom) Greece 315 BC[citation needed] Greek city. Founded as a new city in the same place of the older city Therme.
Berat Macedonia (ancient kingdom) Albania 314 BC[citation needed] Founded[138] by Cassander as Antipatreia.
Vukovar Illyria Croatia 300 BC[citation needed] Vučedol culture.
Barcelona (as Barcino) Iberia Catalonia, Spain 3rd century BC[citation needed] Unknown origin. Several neolithics tombs (5000–4500 BC) and remains from the Iberian period have been found, as well as several drachma coins inscribed with the word "Barkeno". There is also a hypothesis about a small Greek settlement called Kallípolis to have existed in the area. However, the first archaeological remains of buildings are from the Roman period.
Belgrade Illyria Serbia 279 BC[139] The present day territory of Belgrade continuously inhabited for more than 7000 years. Proto-urban Vinča culture prospered around Belgrade in the 6th millennium BC. The fortified city of Belgrade founded around 279 BC as Singidunum.
Niš Illyria Serbia 279 BC[citation needed] Founded as Navissos. Neolithic settlements date to 5000–2000 BC.
Cartagena (as Carthago Nova) Iberia Spain 228 BC[citation needed] Carthaginian colony, founded by Hasdrubal Barca.
Tarragona (as Tarraco) Iberia Catalonia, Spain 218 BC[citation needed] Roman colony, founded by Gnaeus and Publius Cornelius Scipio.
Stobi/Gradsko Macedonia Republic of Macedonia 217 BC[citation needed] Founded as Stobi by Philip V of Macedon.
Bratislava Pannonia Slovakia 2nd century BC[citation needed] Founded by Celtic Boii tribe. The first written reference to a Slavic settlement dates to 907.
Valencia Iberia Valencia, Spain 138 BC Roman colony founded as Valentia Edetanorum.
Sremska Mitrovica Illyria Serbia 1st century BC[citation needed] Founded as Sirmium. Neolithic settlements date to 5000 BC and are with other archeological findings evidence to continuous habitation.
Smederevo Illyria Serbia 1st century BC[citation needed] Founded as Semendria.
Ptuj Pannonia Slovenia 1st century BC[citation needed] Ptuj is the oldest city in Slovenia. There is evidence that the area was settled in the Stone Age. In the Late Iron Age it was settled by Celts. By the 1st century BC, the settlement was controlled by Ancient Rome.
Évora Lusitania Portugal 53 BC (Roman conquest)[citation needed] Evidence of Lusitanian settlement prior to Roman occupation.
Paris Lutetia France 52 BC[citation needed] Archaeological evidence indicates human habitation as early as 4200 BC.[140] During the Gallic Wars, Caesar's armies set fire to Lutetia "a town of the Parisii, situated on an island on the river Seine."[141] While only a garrison at best on the Île de la Cité during some periods after 1st and 2nd century, was renamed Paris in 360 AD[142][143]
Ljubljana Italia Slovenia 50 BC[citation needed] Area first settled by people living in pile dwellings around 2000 BC. Around 50 BC, the Romans built a military encampment that later became a permanent settlement called Iulia Aemona.
Zürich (Lindenhof) Gaul Switzerland c. 50 BC[citation needed] Lakeside settlement traces dating to the Neolithic.
Cologne Germania Inferior Germany 38 BC[citation needed] Founded in 38 BC by the Ubii, a Germanic tribe, as Oppidum Ubiorum. In 50 AD, the Romans adopted the location as Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium and the city became in 85 AD the capital of the Roman province "Germania Inferior".
Trier Galia Belgica Germany 30 BC[citation needed] Oldest Roman city in Germany.
Nijmegen Netherlands c. 17 BC[citation needed] Oldest city in the Netherlands.
Augsburg Raetia, Roman Empire Germany 15 BC Third oldest city in Germany after Cologne and Trier. Located in the Swabian region of Bavaria. Founded by the Romans as Augusta Vindelicorum.
Chur Raetia Prima Grisons, Switzerland 15 BC[citation needed] habitation since the 4th millennium BC (Pfyn culture).
Worms Germania Superior Germany 14 BC[citation needed] The name of the city derives from the Latin designation Borbetomagus which is of Celtic origin.
Skopje Macedonia (Roman province) Republic of Macedonia 13-11 BC Founded in the time of Roman Emperor Octavian Augustus as Scupi.
Tongeren Germania Inferior Belgium 10 BC[citation needed] Oldest city in Belgium.
Novi Sad Illyria Serbia 1st century AD[citation needed] Founded as Cusum.
Baku Absheron peninsula Azerbaijan 1st century AD[citation needed] The first written evidence for Baku dates to the 1st century AD.[144]
Solothurn Gaul Switzerland c. 20 AD[citation needed] Evidence of pre-Roman, Celtic settlement; newly founded by the Romans between 14 and 37 AD, called the "oldest city in Gaul besides Trier" in a verse on the city's clock tower.
Bath (as Aquae Sulis) Britannia England 43 AD[citation needed][dubious ] The city was established as a spa town by the Romans in 43 AD.[145]
Winchester (as Venta Belgarum) Britannia England c. 70 AD[citation needed] Winchester was built as a Roman town in c. 70 AD.[146]
York (as Eboracum) Britannia England c. 72 AD[citation needed] The city was founded in or around AD 72 when the 9th Roman Legion set up camp there.[147]
Vinkovci (as Cibalae) Balkans Croatia 2nd century AD Became a municipium under Hadrian[148]
Trenčín (as Laugaricio) Slovakia before 179 AD[citation needed] First mentioned in 179 AD on a Roman inscription on Trenčín castle rock, when Roman army was stationed in settlement Laugaricio. Settlement was probably Germanic, and since the 7th century Slavic.
Vienna Pannonia Austria c. 300[citation needed] "It is uncertain when Vindobona became a municipium; this elevation seems to have taken place at the beginning of the 3d c. A.D."[149]
Verdun Lotharingia France 4th century[citation needed] Seat of the bishop of Verdun from the 4th century, but populated earlier.
Kiev State of the Antes Ukraine 482[150] Founded by Slavic tribe leader Kyi. Some sources[clarification needed] suggest Kiev was founded in 640 BC.
Tbilisi Caucasian Iberia Kartli province, Georgia c. 500[citation needed] According to the widely accepted legend the city was founded by King Vakhtang I Gorgasali of Georgia. New archaeological studies of the region have revealed that the territory of Tbilisi was settled by humans as early as the 4th millennium BC. The earliest actual (recorded) accounts of settlement of the location come from the 4th century, when a fortress was built during King Varaz-Bakur's reign.
Prague Bohemia Czech Republic 6th century[citation needed] The first written record dates back to the 10th century.
Inverness Pictland Scotland 6th century[citation needed] A settlement was established by the 6th century when St Columba visited the Pictish King Brude at his fortress there.[151]
Glasgow Dál Riata or Alt Clut Scotland 6th century[citation needed] A settlement was founded in the 6th century[152] by St Mungo, who is the city's patron Saint.[153]
Ioannina Byzantine Empire Greece 527–565[citation needed] Founded by emperor Justinian I.
Aberdeen Pictland Scotland c. 580[citation needed] A settlement was established by c. 580 when records show the city's first church was built then. However, there is archaeological evidence of settlements in the area dating back to 6000 BC.[154]
Edinburgh as Din Eidyn Gododdin Scotland c. 580[citation needed] Edinburgh is mentioned as a settlement in the poem Y Gododdin, traditionally dated to around the late 6th and early 7th centuries.[155] The Poem uses The Brythonic name Din Eidyn (Fort of Eidyn) for Edinburgh and describes it as the capital of Gododdin. It is not until around 638 that the city starts being referred to as Edin-burh or Edinburgh, after the city was conquered by the Angles of Bernicia.[156]
Kraków (Wawel Hill) Lesser Poland Poland 8th century[157] The first written record dates back to the 10th century.
Ribe Jutland Denmark 704–710[158] Oldest town in Denmark.
Staraya Ladoga Russia 753[159]
Aarhus Denmark c. 770[160]
Kalisz Greater Poland Poland 9th century[citation needed] Founded as a provincial capital castellany and a minor fort. Kalisz has long been considered the oldest city of Poland, having been mentioned by Ptolemy in the 2nd century AD, but the claim is now doubted by some (cf. Calisia).
Heraklion Crete Greece 824[citation needed] Founded by the Saracens.
Nitra Principality of Nitra Slovakia 828[citation needed] Slavic settlement since 5th century reached its peak when it became centre of Principality of Nitra. There was built first known Christian church in Central and Eastern Europe.
Dublin Ireland Ireland 841[citation needed] Dublin was founded as a city by the Vikings in the 9th century, but there were two older Irish settlements which existed on the same spot several centuries before they arrived; Áth Cliath ("ford of hurdles") and Duiblinn ("Black Pool").
Madrid Castile Spain mid. 9th century[citation needed] Developed around a fortress built by emir Muhammad I of Cordoba.
Veliky Novgorod Russia 859[citation needed]
Polatsk Belarus 862[citation needed]
Xanthi Thrace Greece before 879[citation needed] First medieval reference as Xantheia.
Uzhhorod (as Ungvár) Duchy of Laborec Ukraine before 895 First mentioned in Gesta Hungarorum.
Halych Galicia Ukraine 898 First mentioned in Gesta Hungarorum.
Gniezno Greater Poland Poland before 940 Early Slavonic settlements are dated to the 8th century.[161] An important Piast stronghold that gave birth to a medieval town is believed to be erected at least around 940 AD[162]
Vitebsk Belarus 947[citation needed]
Poznań Greater Poland Poland before 968 Settled from at least the 9th century AD,[163] Poznań is one of the suggested places of the AD 966 Baptism of Poland.[164] Poznań Cathedral was raised to the status of a cathedral around 968.
Székesfehérvár Hungary 972 Founded by Grand Prince Géza. The first catholic temple of the Kingdom of Hungary was built here after the foundation of the city.
Brussels Belgium 979[citation needed] Founded by Charles, duke of Lower Lorraine. A chapel on an island in the river Senne was built around 580.
Sigtuna Sweden 980[citation needed] Is reputed as the oldest town in Sweden, the name is derived from an old royal estate Fornsigtuna situated nearby.
Skara Sweden 988[citation needed]
Lund Denmark Sweden c. 990[165]
Västerås Sweden 990[166]
Trondheim Norway Norway 997[citation needed] Founded by king Olav Tryggvason. Archaeological findings of city settlement back to the 8th century.
Gdańsk Pomerania Poland 997[167] Gdańsk became capital of Duchy of Pomerania (approximate date).[167]

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