Oldest Building in the World
Even though we call everlasting things “written in marble”, the stones often do not stand the test of time as well as we might think. War, rough weather and simply the unreasoned actions of the society is why we no longer see most of the buildings that stood in our cities many centuries before us. However, very few of them have still remained. Among some of the oldest buildings in the world you won’t see any regular living houses, but sacred and impressive temples instead. The size and the importance of these buildings is probably what saved them when others weren’t spared.
3 Oldest Buildings in the World
One of Rome’s most famous buildings is Pantheon. This temple to the Roman gods was built 126 AD and stuns the visitors of the city not only because of its size (58 m wide, 85 m long), but also with the state it is in. Surprisingly, the Pantheon stands barely unharmed – it is considered to be the best preserved ancient building of the city. It amazes everyone with its mathematical harmony, especially, because of its Rotunda which is a perfect hemisphere. The building remained in the Christian times as it served as a church.
Another building that has remained throughout the millenniums is situated in Rome. The Coliseum is probably city’s most famous building, but actually we should be very thankful that this impressive symbol of the once mighty Empire is still there. Built in 70 AD, the fights of the gladiators (a mass entertainment performance at that time) took place in this amphitheatre. With the end of the Roman Empire, the Coliseum too had some pretty bad times, getting even to the point where its stones were taken to build other ones. Luckily, it has now been reconstructed a bit and the building is now a number one tourist attraction in Rome. Read more about the Coliseum here.
Much older than these two is the Great Pyramid of Giza. Built in 2560 BC, it is an undoubted symbol of the Ancient Egyptian culture. The pyramid is so impressive that it still takes some crazy theories to explain how the Egyptians could’ve built it from 2 300 000 blocks, some of the weighted several tons in just 20 years! The unique pyramid has always been saved even by the conquerors and you have to just stand near to it in order to understand why nobody was willing to tear it down. Read more about Pyramids of Giza, Egypt here.
As you can see, some of the world’s oldest buildings are actually the most famous ones too. The society has now realized their value and therefore you mustn’t hurry to see them as now they will stand there untouched and taken care of for many centuries.