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While it might not be too difficult to determine which is the oldest city in the world, there is fierce contention for the title of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.Often the age claims are disputed and historical evidences are difficult to prove.Damascus is often claimed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, and evidence exists of a settlement in the wider Barada basin dating back to 9000 BC.However within the area of Damascus there is no evidence for large-scale settlement until the second millennium BC.

Continuously Inhabited Since: 5000 BC Aleppo is the largest city in Syria and the capital of Aleppo Governorate, the most populous Syrian governorate.

Continuously Inhabited Since: 9000 BC Jericho is a city located near the Jordan River in the West Bank of the Palestinian territories, capital of the Jericho Governorate and with a modest population of around 20,000.

Situated well below sea level Jericho is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.

Described in the Old Testament as the "City of Palm Trees", copious springs in and around Jericho have made it an attractive site for human habitation for thousands of years.

Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of more than 20 successive settlements in Jericho, the first of which dates back 11,000 years (9000 BCE), almost to the very beginning of the Holocene epoch of the Earth's history.

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