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9 Most Ancient Buildings of the World
Are you ready to go back in time and discover the remarkable architectural and engineering
achievements of mankind? It is more than exciting to take a tour around the oldest buildings in
the world. Let’s get started and see the most ancient architectural creations of people which have
survived to this day.
1. Gobekli Tepe, Turkey
s ix miles from Urfa, an ancient city in southeastern Turkey, Klaus Schmidt has made one of the
most startling archaeological discoveries of our time: massive carved stones about 11,000 years
old, crafted and arranged by prehistoric people who had not yet developed metal tools or even
pottery. The megaliths predate Stonehenge by some 6,000 years.
2. Barnenez, France
The Cairn of Barnenez (also: Barnenez Tumulus, Barnenez Mound etc.; in Breton Karn Barnenez; in
French: Cairn de Barnenez or Tumulus de Barnenez) is a Neolithic monument located near Plouezoc'h,
on the Kernéléhen peninsula in northern Finistère, Brittany (France). It dates to the early Neolithic,
about 4800 BC; it is considered one of the earliest megalithic monuments in Europe, as well as one of
the oldest man-made structures in the world, along with the Tumulus of Bougon and Locmariaquer
megaliths, also located in Great West France.
3. Monte d’Accoddi, Italy
Neolithic zigurat style temple
Excavations at Monte d'Accoddi have revealed a very long and complex history for this monument. The
original site appears to have been destroyed by fire and replaced during a second phase during the
Ozieri era around 3500 BC. This comprised a megalithic sanctuary with a 4.7 metres high menhir as the
4.Knap of Howar, Scotland
The island is home to the Knap of Howar, still regarded as the oldest standing house in Northwest
Europe. These well preserved buildings were occupied by neolithic farmers over 5000 years ago. With
intact doorways, stone partitions, and stone benches, the buildings are remarkably well-preserved.
The prehistoric temples of Malta are unique in all the world. They are the oldest standing stone structures which
remain to us from ancient times. The temples date from 4000 - 2500 BC. They are older than Stonehenge, older
than the Pyramids. Their architecture is beautiful and inspiring, their scale impressive yet human. Excellently
preserved, they were covered with soil from early times and ignored by the long march of history.
6.Sechin Bajo, Peru
Initial analysis dates the ceremonial structure to around 3500 B.C.—500 years older than the
current record holder, an ancient city named Caral, also in Peru.
Although the age has yet to be confirmed, reports of the newfound plaza surfaced in Peruvian
media at the end of February 2008.
7.La Hougue Bie, Jersey
2,000 years older than the Pyramids, La Hougue Bie has dominated Jersey’s landscape for 6,000 years.
The impressive mound is topped by a medieval chapel and surrounded by mature trees. The site has
seen many changes over the years and today this peaceful site offers a unique insight into the lives of
our distant ancestors and is a superb venue for an evenin function.
8. Shahr-e Sukhteh, Iran
Shahr-e Sūkhté (Persian: شهر
ِ سوخ ته, meaning "[The] Burnt City"), also spelled as Shahr-e Sukhteh and
Shahr-i Shōkhta, is an archaeological site of a sizable Bronze Age urban settlement, associated with the
Jiroft culture. It is located in Sistan and Baluchistan Province, the southeastern part of Iran, on the bank
of the Helmand River, near the Zahedan-Zabol road.
9. Pyramid of Djoser, Egypt
The Pyramid of Djoser (or Zoser), or step pyramid (kbhw-ntrw in Egyptian) is an archeological remain in
the Saqqara necropolis, Egypt, northwest of the city of Memphis. It was built during the 27th century BC
for the burial of Pharaoh Djoser by Imhotep, his vizier. It is the central feature of a vast mortuary
complex in an enormous courtyard surrounded by ceremonial structures and decoration.