The oldest buildings from across the globe are those that have been able to endure it all through the decades and still stand strong and elegant. Getting a peak view of some of the oldest buildings can give you insight into the level of architectural expertise applied in designing the buildings and the kind of styles used that have proven to endure the test of time.
10. Dhamek Stupa, India: This is a huge edifice that is located about 13 kms away from Varanasi in a place called Sarnath. This was built in 500 CE as a replacement for an earlier building that was commissioned by Ashoka, a Mauryan king in 249 BCE along with other structures as a commemoration of Buddha and his teachings. You can see an Ashoka pillar with an edict carved near the site.
9. Sanchi Stupa, India: This one is the oldest structure of stone in India and was originally commissioned in the 3rd Cetury BCE by Ashoka the great. It was crowned by the Chatra which is shaped like a parasol showing that it was of high rank. This structure was supervised by Ashoka’s first wife the empress Vidisha Devi personally.
8. Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Bulgaria: It is a vaulted brickwork tomb in a form of Beehive like structure and is situated near the KazanlakTown in Bulgaria. This is part of the Thracian necropolis. It has a narrow corridor along with a circular burial chamber. It dates back to 4th century BCE.
7. Parthenon, Greece: A temple for the maiden Goddess Athena, this is part of the Athenian Acropolis. The construction took place in the 447 BC to the 438 BC. It is a vital structure that is still surviving of Classical Greece.
6. MinoanPalace of Knossos, Greece: This palace was the political and ceremonial centre of the Minoan culture and civilization. The structures was excavated and restored partially under the care of Arthur Evans in the early part of the 20th Century. The size was more than originally thought to be. The palace was abandoned at a certain point of time which is not known but is estimated that it could be due to the numerous disasters that occurred. There was a discovery of 2 scripts named Linear A and B that threw light on many things.
5. Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt: It is one of the largest and oldest pyramids in the Giza Necropolis. It is believed that this pyramid was the tomb for the 4th Dynasty Pharaoh Khufu of Egypt and took somewhere between 10-20 years to complete in the 2560 BCE.
4. Pyramid of Djoser, Egypt: Situated in the Saqqara Necropolis this was built around the 27th century BC. It was for the burial of Pharaoh Djoser by the vizier, Imhotep.
3. Tarxien Temples, Malta: This is an archaeological complex situated in Malta Tarxien. These can be dated close to 3150 BC. It is an elaborately decorated temple of Malta of the temples which have been dated back to 3100 BC.
2. La Hougue Bie, Jersey: This is a site of historical value with the museum in Jersey in the Parish of Groville. It is a 18.6 mt long passage chamber which was hidden by a 12.2 mt mound of earth. It was used as a lookout point during the world war II and also as an underground bunker that was built in the mound.
1. Tumulus de Bougon, France: The Necropolis of Bougon or Tumulus of Bougon belongs to a group of five Neolithic barrows (Tumulus A,B,C,D,E,F) found in Bougon, France. Their detection in 1840 increased immense technical curiosity. To guard the shrines, the site was obtained by the department of Deux-Sèvres in 1873. Excavations began again in the late 1960s.