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June 24, 2019

A look at the top 10 oldest buildings in the world



As blogged on Interesting Engineering, what are the top ten oldest buildings in the world? A worthy and interesting question, and one we hope to answer faithfully.

As you are about to discover, there have been some very fascinating, and ancient remains discovered around the world. Some of them are so old that they would have been as ancient to the Egyptians as the Pyramids are to us today.

That is simply mind-blowing.

What are the oldest buildings in the world?

The following 10 are some of the oldest, if not ‘the’ oldest buildings in the world. With regards to the definition of a “building“, we have chosen to include any site that has clear evidence, irrespective of condition or remaining extent, that it was a large man-made purpose-built thing.

Other similar lists, for example, Wikipedia, would only consider a “building” to tick the following: –

  • must be a recognizable building;
  • must incorporate features of building work from the claimed date to at least 1.5 meters (4.9 ft) in height;
  • must be largely complete or include building work to this height for most of its perimeter.
  • contains an enclosed area with at least one entry point.

We’ll let you decide how you would define a building for the purposes of this list.

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