The silent witnesses of history: 20 oldest buildings in the world


Old buildings in ancient cities always attract our attention. They’ve been keeping their secrets, mysteries and special atmosphere throughout centuries.

It is often hard to believe that you stand at the place which was filled with life hundreds years ago. Mysteries of some buildings still remain unsolved. These old wall have seen numerous intrigues and continue to hide different riddles. They’re the silent witnesses of history…

So, let’s look at the oldest buildings in the world!

Pantheon, Rome (Italy): 113-125 AD

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Colosseum, Rome (Italy): 70-80 AD

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Maison Carrée, Nîmes (France): ca. 2 AD

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Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, Xi’an (China): 246-208 BC

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Sanchi Stupa (India): 3rd century BC

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Parthenon, Athens (Greece): 447-432 BC

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Tomb of Cyrus the Great, Pasargadae (Iran): 6th century BC

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Ziggurat of Ur (Iraq): ca. 21st century BC

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Great Pyramid of Giza (Egypt): ca. 2580–2560 BC

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Pyramid of Djoser, Saqarah (Egypt): ca. 3667-2648 BC

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Newgrange, County Meath (Ireland): ca. 3200 BC

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Skara Brae, Orkney Archipelago (Scotland): 3180 BC

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Pentre Ifan Dolmen, Pembrokeshire County (Wales): ca. 3500 BC

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Neolithic tomb West Kennet Long Barrow, Wiltshire (England): 3650 BC

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Megalithic temple complex Ġgantija (Malta): ca. 3600 BC

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Knap of Howar, the oldest preserved stone house in Europe, Orkney (Scotland): 3700 BC

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Monte d’Accoddi, Sardinia (Italy): ca. 4000-3650 BC

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The Cairn of Barnenez, Breton (France): ca. 4800 BC

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Göbekli Tepe, Southeastern Anatolia Region (Turkey): 10th millennium BC

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Theopetra Cave, Thessaly (Greece): 23th millenium BC

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