There’s something impressive about wandering amongst the relics of ancient empires and their accomplishments, be it the pyramids in Egypt or ancient forts in India. Touching the remnants of history and learning about ancient civilizations can add extra depth to your travel – so here are some suggestions for 5 ancient cities you could include in your round the world trip…
Continuously inhabited since 3,500 BC, the city of Delhi can lay claim to being one of the oldest cities in the world. It’s the capital of India, a huge and chaotic urban sprawl. To get a feel for this city’s fascinating past, head to the old town and lose yourself in the jumble of medieval alleyways, streets and bazaars. Historical highlights include the famous red fort, a vivid red sandstone structure, built a mere 465 years ago! It’s simple to include Delhi in your around the world ticket, here are a few ideas.
Dating back to 3,200 BC, Luxor was originally the city of Thebes, ancient capital of Egypt. Luxor is often referred to as ‘the largest open air museum in the world’, as its home to a staggering number of sites of historical interest. The ruins of the temple complexes of Luxor and Karnak stand within the modern day city. On the other side of the River Nile are the temples, tombs and monuments of the Necropolis, which includes the Valley of the Kings and Valley of The Queens. For a fascinating insight into one of the great civilizations, Luxor is hard to beat.
Jerusalem traces its roots back to 2,800 BC and is arguably the holiest city in the world, being sacred for Christians, Jews and Moslems alike. During its long history, Jerusalem has been attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times, besieged 23 times and destroyed twice, so you certainly have to admire this city’s resilience! There is much else to admire: for Islam, the Dome of the Rock is the place of most historic significance, for Judaism it’s the Western (or Wailing) Wall and Temple Mount, and for Christianity it’s The Church of The Holy Sepulchre. Regardless of religion, the old town’s warren of alleyways and narrow streets, crammed with traders selling their wares, are an absorbing place to spend a couple of hours.
Sitting at the meeting point of the Yi and Luo rivers, Luoyand is located right in the heart of China. It’s the country’s oldest continuously inhabited city, dating back to 2,070 BC to the days of the Xia Dynasty. There’s plenty of evidence of the city’s ancient past, including the White Horse Temple, the first Buddhist Temple in China.
Relatively speaking, Cholula is a spring chicken, ‘only’ tracing its history back to the 2nd Century BC. It gets a special mention as the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas. This Pre-Columbian site grew from a small village to become an important regional centre by the 7th Century AD. The main draw here for history fans is the Great Pyramid of Cholula, a well preserved pyramid-temple complex.
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