11,000 Years and Still Ticking: the Oldest Cities in the World

If people can wrestle in debate about what the oldest bars in America are, you can bet there’s going to be some fierce dispute over what cities qualify as the oldest in the world. Is it continuously inhabited, and can you even be sure about that when you’re going back 10,000 years? Does it include outlying areas or the city itself?

Still, for those who have it on their travel bucket list, here’s a look at the 10 oldest continuously inhabited cities. Some are easy to visit, and others are too dangerous. Even if you have your own opinion on what the oldest city really is, we can agree on one thing: humanity goes back a long way.