Most ancient cities that are still around today blend old and new, attesting to the longevity and continued importance of the site. Cities in the ancient world took shape along important travel routes and trade networks, often where practical and useful geographic features best served human needs. Ancient cities in Greece, for example, pepper the peninsula as it juts out into the Mediterranean Sea. In India, ancient cities sit along rivers and coasts, ideal places for agriculture and civilization to thrive.
The cities presented below serve as a reminder of history and change alike. The world's oldest cities span the globe and, while the oldest inhabited city on each continent varies in age, the wonder and history of each location holds a unique beauty. The list is an inexact science, since what technically constitutes a 'city' is inexact, but the examples are meant to provide a breadth of different glimpses into an ancient world that still exists in various forms to this day.
Jericho, West Bank