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Oldest Man-Made Superstructures in the World

By on May 17, 2014 in For Fun


There are several old buildings around all over the globe, but which ones do you know of that are still in good use today? This article lists a couple of the world’s most oldest buildings still standing today, and we aren’t talking 1920’s old or 1800’s old…we are talking B.C.’s and A.D.’s kind of old.

Some of these architectural man-made structures you may have heard of before and there is more to them than just the years that they have packed on. In no particular order, here are 10 to name a few.

1) Colosseum – Under construction in 70 A.D. and completed in 80 A.D., the Colosseum in Rome was strong enough to hold up to 50,000 Romans during Gladiator fight events. Today the structure is only capable of holding a couple hundreds due to its weakened structural upholding. Some cultural events are held outside in which the Colosseum displays as an amazing backdrop.

2) Rome’s Mausoleum of Hadrian (Castel Sant’ Angelo) – Built in 139 A.D. and was then converted into a fortress in 400 A.D. and is still in functioning condition to this very day to serve its purpose in Rome.

3) Santa Sabina – Was built to be a Roman Catholic Church and still thriving today since 422 A.D., there has been no modifications done to it.

4) The Pantheon – This man-made structure is also a Catholic Church, but today it is also a museum in Rome for the many interested tourists that it attracts. The Pantheon has been in existence since 117 A.D.

5) Santa Sophia (Hagia Sophia) – Built in the city of Istanbul Turkey, the Santa Sophia, also known as Hagia Sophia was completed in 537 A.D. and serves three purposes today: mosque, museum, and holds church sessions.

6) Theatre of Marcellus (Open Air Theatre) – Said to be the largest open air theatre in Rome, this man-made structure has undergone several modifications throughout the years. Portions of the structure is now converted into well livable apartments. The building was built for Marco Marcellus (nephew of Emperor Augustus), but did not live to see the completion of it in 13 B.C.

7) Ponte Fabricio – One of Rome’s largest bridges built in 62 B.C. still in used today to assist thousands of people on getting from point A to point B. This structure has gone through very little change despite the years that it has been walked and driven on. The Ponte Fabricio stretches out at 62 meters in length and 5.5 meters wide.

8) Church of Nativity – Located in West Bank, Bethlehem and established in 565 A.D. and one of oldest buildings still in existence in the world today. The Church of Nativity attracts millions of people, local natives and tourists alike come to pay their respects and put in a little prayer during service hours everyday.

9) Nanchan Temple (Buddhist Temple) – Built in 782 C.E. during the Tang Dynasty and is one of China’s oldest timber buildings to be preserved today. Specifically located near a town called Doucan on Watashan in Shangxi Province. The temple holds seventeen artistically important sculptures that align the halls within the temple monumental to the Tang Dynasty.

10) The Acoma Pueblo (Sky City) – This native village located in Albequerque, New Mexico has an estimated existence of more than 2,000 years. The village is still thriving today with several residence to call it home.

There you have it, 10 of the most oldest man-made structures still in use today. If walls could speak they would tell many stories.

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