There’s a satisfying thrill that comes along with stepping foot in a place that you know people have been using for hundreds, even thousands of years. There’s nothing quite like being able to see, touch, smell, and feel history. You just can’t get those experiences from a book or some photos. Here are some of the oldest still-used man-made structures in the world.
Santa Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey. Completed in 537 A.D.
Santa Sophia interior.
The Pantheon, Rome, Italy. Completed in 117 A.D.
The Pantheon interior.
The church Santa Sabina, Rome, Italy. Completed in 422 A.D.
The church Santa Sabina interior.
Mausoleum of Hadrian, Rome, Italy. Completed in 139 A.D. Turned into a fortress in 400 A.D.
Mausoleum of Hadrian interior.
The Colosseum, Rome, Italy. Completed in 80. A.D.
Interior of the Colosseum.
Theatre of Marcellus, Rome, Italy. Completed in 13 B.C.
Interior of the Theatre of Marcellus.
Ponte Fabricio, Rome, Italy. This bridge was completed in 62 B.C. and has gone virtually unchanged.
Church of the Nativity interior.
Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, West Bank. Completed in 565 A.D.
The Proserpina Dam. Completed around the 2nd century A.D.
Nanchan Temple, Shanxi Province, China. Completed in 782 A.D.
Basilica of Constantine, Trier, Germany. Completed in the beginning of the 4th century.
Inside of the Basilica of Constantine.
Acoma Pueblo, or “Sky City,” west of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is estimated that this city has been occupied for several thousand years.
Inside of the “Sky City.”
The Mosque of Uqba, Kairouan, Tunisia. Completed in 670 A.D.
The Tower of Hercules, Northwestern Spain. The date of completion is unknown, but the tower has been inconstant use since the late 1st century.