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Cities come and go. Babylon was the heart of the ancient Mesopotamian civilization as long as 20,000 years ago, yet today it is a ruin 50 miles south of Baghdad.

But some cities, thanks to strategic location, determination or just plain convenience, remain inhabited for hundreds or thousands of years. Some of these cities have had people living in them for more than 5,000 years.

Here are a few of the oldest, continuously inhabited cities that you can still visit today. 

Argos, Greece
Athens, Greece
Gaziantep, Turkey
Luxor, Egypt
Damascus, Syria
Byblos, Lebanon
Beirut
Jerusalem
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Varanasi, India
Allahabad, India
Chania, Crete, Greece
Lisbon, Portugal
Cadiz, Spain
Zadar, Croatia
Mtskheta, Georgia
Flores, Guatemala
Seville, Spain
Palermo, Sicily
Rome
Tripoli, Libya
Samarqand, Uzbekistan
Istanbul
Tangier, Morocco
Chengdu, China
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Cholula, Mexico
Zanzibar, Tanzania
Seoul, South Korea
Osaka, Japan
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