When traveling, learning about the history of the place you’re visiting is the best part of it. There are a lot of buildings or items that date back in time that help you learn more about a particular place, culture or the humanity itself.
Below we made a list of ancient countries that date thousands years back that you can still go and visit.
Before Alexander the Great founded it in 331 BC, Alexandria was already an important port city due to its location on the Egyptian Nile Delta. Alexandria was once a premier center of knowledge in the ancient world. It was home to a vast library of scrolls, one of the largest in ancient times.
Athens has played a fundamental role in shaping the Western world into what it is today, playing a critical role in philosophy, drama, literature, and science. By 1400 BC the city was already prominent in the ancient world. It has actually been inhabited for over 7000 years.
Visiting a city as beloved as Rome comes with particular hazards: the crowds, the cheesy souvenirs, the young men in full gladiator regalia waiting to pose for selfies with tourists.
The Colosseum — a nearly 2,000-year-old stadium in the middle of a modern city.
In the days of actual gladiators, 50,000 spectators would gather with the emperor for bloody contests to the death.
Damascus is widely believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, with evidence of habitation dating back at least 11,000 years. Its location and persistence have made the city a nexus for civilizations come and gone.
Inhabited for at least the last 6,000 years, Sidon was one of the most important Phoenician cities because of its location as a crucial port on the Mediterranean. This locale also led to the city being conquered by a revolving door of the world’s great empires, including the Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Ottomans.