Glimpse of 11 most “OLDEST Buildings Structures” in Asia

11. Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum
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source : Wikipedia

Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb is Discovered in August  1955 when the Government was leveling a hill slope for the construction of resettlement buildings at the Lei Cheng Uk Village.

As per its structure, calligraphy, inscriptions on the tomb bricks and tomb finds, it is believed that the tomb was built in the Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25 – 220).

Tomb is closed to the public for conservation reasons, visitors can see the interior of the tomb through the glass panel at the entrance passage.

10. Dhamek Stupa
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source: wikipedia

Built by the great Mauryan king Ashoka in 249 B.C.E.

Dhamek Stupa is one of the most visited and most revered Buddhist structures in the world, located at  Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh state of India. It is believed as the place where Lord Buddha had delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment at Bodhgaya.

9. Great Sanchi  Stupa
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It is the oldest stone structure of India, the foundation as laid by emperor Ashoka the Great in the 3rd century BCE 300 BC. It is one of the best preserved early stupas in central India. The Sanchi Stupa is surrounded by a railing with four carved gateways facing all the four directions.

8. Pasargadae, Tomb of Cyrus
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Source : Wikipedia

Pasargadae’s most famous monument is the tomb of Cyrus the Great. According to Greek sources, it dates back to 530-29 B.C. Inside the chamber there was a golden coffin containing Cyrus’ body, and a great divan with feet of hammered gold, spread with covers of some thick, brightly colored material, with a Babylonian rug on top.

7. Van Fortress 

The Van Castle (or fortress, also called the Van Kalesi), rises in ruins atop a hill. Built in the 9th Century B.C. by King Sarduri I of the Urartu Kingdom, the fortress was essential for regional control. Of great historical significance, the fortress includes a massive inscription by Xerxes the Great in three languages: Old Persian, Babylonian, and Elamite.

It is a massive stone fortification built during the 9th to 7th centuries BC.  A number of similar fortifications were built throughout the Urartian kingdom, usually cut into hillsides and outcrops in places where modern-day Armenia, Turkey and Iran meet.

6. Chogha Zanbil
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Chogha Zanbil is an ancient Elamite complex in the Khuzestan province of Iran. It is one of the few existent ziggurats outside of Mesopotamia.

It was built about 1250 BC by the king, to honor the great god Inshushinak , the bull-god of Susa.

5. The Ziggurat of Dur-Kurigalzu
Dur-Kurigalzu
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Dur-Kurigalzu was a city in southern Mesopotamia founded in the 14th century BC, and was abandoned after the fall of the Kassite dynasty. The city contained a ziggurat and temples dedicated to Sumerian gods, as well as a royal palace.

4. Dholavira- Gujrat
Dholavira Gujarat
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Dholavira an archaeological site of Kutch District, in the state of Gujarat. Locally known as Kotada timba, the site contains ruins of an ancient Indus Valley. Dholavira is the larger of the two most remarkable excavations of the Indus Valley Civilization or Harappan culture, dating back to 4500 years ago.

3. Mohenjo Daro
mohenjo-daro
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Mohenjo-daro or “Mound of the Dead” is an archaeological site in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. Built around 2500 BCE, it was one of the largest settlements of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, and one of the world’s earliest major urban settlements.

2. Harappa
harappa_original
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The Indus Valley Civilization (also known as the Harappan culture) built around  6000 BCE. Harappa is an archaeological site in Punjab, Pakistan. The city is believed to have had as many as 23,500 residents which was large at that time.

1. Shahr-e Sūkhté
shahr-e-sukhteh
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Shahr-e Sūkhté “The Burnt City”, is an archaeological site of a sizable Bronze Age urban settlement around 3200 BC. Covering an area of 151 hectares, Shahr-e Sukhteh was one of the world’s largest cities at the dawn of the urban era. In the western part of the site is a vast graveyard, measuring 25 ha. It contains between 25,000 to 40,000 ancient graves.

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