Old! An Understatement.
Damascus (Syria), believed to be 11,000 years old, is the oldest city in the world, been continuously inhabited. Some researchers argue that this title should go to Aleppo, in Syria, which has evidence of being 13,000 years old. These cities have withstood the test of time and age. What about the bridges, dams, theaters, that are hundreds of years old?
They have stood tall and are still being used? Nothing less than a miracle, one might think! Let's get down to business, and have a closer look at some of the most amazing man-made structures in the world, that have been built centuries ago, withstood the test of time, and are still being used for some purpose, as we speak.
Oldest In-Use Structures Around
The bridge was designed by Lucius Fabricius, and its construction includes tuff, bricks, and travertine.
Built with tuff, concrete, and stones, over time, it has gone through numerous modifications, construction-wise, and today even houses apartments, while other parts are used for small to medium-sized concerts.
Even though it is 2,000 years old, it is being used even today. Rehabilitated in 1791, this lighthouse is 187 feet tall, and overlooks Spain's North Atlantic coast. Previously known as 'Farum Brigantium', this structure is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also a national monument of Spain.
Originally built by Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for his family and also himself, since the 5th century, it has lost most of its tombs and decorative items. In once-upon-a-time Rome, it was the tallest structure around.
Its main hall is 220 feet long. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was partially damaged in air raids during WWII, but was repaired later on. At present, it is a church of the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland.
This church is 200 feet long, and has 18 panels, 17 of which depict different scenes from the Bible. In the 9th century, this church was fortified, and in subsequent centuries, its interiors were renovated from time to time.
It is made of ashlar and brick, and is around 270 feet long. With a massive dome, this structure remained the biggest cathedral in the world till the 15th century.
It's one of the oldest church structures in the world, and was commissioned by Constantine and his mother Helena. Prominent bell towers were included when constructional additions were made to it in the 6th century. The site is of great significance to both, Christianity and Islam.
It was built by Uqba ibn Nafi, an Arab general. With an area of nearly 9,000 square meters, the Mosque of Uqba is one of the oldest places of worship as far as Islamic faith is concerned.
It is believed to be the most sacred monastery in Tibet, and is also the most popular tourist attraction in the area. Its construction is a mix of Indian, Chinese, and Nepalese designs. The Jokhang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was founded during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo.
As per records, this place is 900 years old, but Acoma tribal traditions point towards the probability that people have lived here since 2,000 years or so. A federally recognized tribal entity, originally the area was 5 million acres, but at present has just 5,000 people with an area of 500,000 acres.
It is amazing how these structures have been preserved as time has gone by, so well, that they are being used by mankind even today. Do we have a lesson or two in construction that can be learned from our ancestors?