It's impossible to travel back in time to experience the lives of early humans, but it is possible to visit where they made their homes. The oldest cities in the world boast beautiful architecture and ancient artifacts that demonstrate the skill of human ancestors.

Many ancient cities are in the Mediterranean region, where people first started farming. Other regions also have older cities that can give insight into different cultures. These cities saw the dawn of human civilization and are still thriving today. Visiting the world's oldest cities can give people an insight into both the past and future.


1. Damascus, Syria

Damascus was established between 10,000 and 8,000 B.C.E. and is to be the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world. The Souq al-Hamidiyya is a must-see destination for people interested in history. Entered through the columns of an ancient Roman temple, it gives the feeling of shopping in ancient times. Mount Qasioun gives a view of the whole city, including the architectural wonder of the Umayyad Mosque.

Courtyard Damascus Palace milansys / Getty Images

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