Shrines, castles, temples, and cathedrals are built to last, so it's no wonder that they make up most of the oldest standing buildings in the world. Many of them were commissioned by emperors and kings and rank among the most beautiful architectural structures ever created. But what about the little people? How many of their homes stand the test of time?
Of course, the oldest houses in the world are caves - places where Stone Age humans carved out shelter from the elements. In Italy's Sassi di Matera districts and Iran's Meymand, caves like these were more or less continually inhabited for thousands of years - even up to the present day. There are also more modern types of homes that date back centuries. Both England and the Faroe Islands lay claim to some of the oldest inhabited houses in the world.
Sassi di Matera, Italy (c. 10,000 BC)
Knap Of Howar, Scotland (c. 3500-3000 BC)
Jarlshof, Scotland (c. 2700 BC)
Meymand, Iran (c. 2000 BC)
Mousa Broch, Scotland (c. 300 BC)
Roman Lighthouse, England (c. 2nd Century AD)