What's the oldest building that is still in use?

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Offline AllenG

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That's not a tomb.
Something like the Parthenon, or the Tower of Hercules, or something small like a well house somewhere in Egypt?

How about continuous use?

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« Reply #1 on: 13/10/2009 03:11:07 »
The 5000 year old homes of Skara Brae in Orkney (islands North of Scotland) have still got furniture ...

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http://www.roamingtales.com/2009/09/23/stone-age-orkney-hobbit-homes-in-the-village-of-skara-brae/

No roof though.

Got to be contenders for the longest continuously occupied building


[Preumably caves, which could be a dwelling, do not meet the requirements for "building"]
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« Reply #2 on: 13/10/2009 06:09:16 »
The 5000 year old homes of Skara Brae in Orkney (islands North of Scotland) have still got furniture ...



No roof though.

Got to be contenders for the longest continuously occupied building


[Preumably caves, which could be a dwelling, do not meet the requirements for "building"]
I would say a cave would fit the bill if it still had occupants. 

Skara Brae is still standing but is in ruins.  Tourism doesn't count either.  No tombs, no tourism.

I really want to see Skara Brae and Newgrange someday.


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« Reply #3 on: 13/10/2009 06:13:59 »

I watched a concert in this amphitheater in Fiesole, Italy and it was first built by the Etruscans.

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« Reply #4 on: 13/10/2009 11:01:48 »
Panagia Ekatontapyliani (The Church of a Hundred Gates or Our Lady of a Hundred Doors) in Greece was built in 328AD and has been in constant use ever since.

99 doors have been found. It is said that the 100th door will only be found when Constantinople (Istanbul) becomes Greek again. So not much chance there!
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« Reply #5 on: 13/10/2009 11:17:23 »
I would say a cave would fit the bill if it still had occupants. 

If a cave had been carved out by people, rather than formed by nature, then I suppose it had been "built"

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They've overdid the stone-cladding bit  [:)]
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« Reply #6 on: 13/10/2009 21:59:06 »
Would a bridge count?  The Tarr Steps bridge across the River Barle, in Exmoor National Park, is generally reckoned to be prehistoric and to have been completed around 1000 BC (although some have dated it to just 1400 AD).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarr_Steps
...And its claws are as big as cups, and for some reason it's got a tremendous fear of stamps! And Mrs Doyle was telling me it's got magnets on its tail, so if you're made out of metal it can attach itself to you! And instead of a mouth it's got four arses!

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« Reply #7 on: 25/10/2009 16:33:33 »
Not sure if this
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Wall
counts as a building, but it's been a place of worship for a while (since 19BCE).
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« Reply #8 on: 04/05/2010 03:43:07 »
Diana O'Carroll answered this question in her podcast.
Thank you, Diana.
That was very kind of you.

Oh, and the answer is kinda twofold.  The Pantheon is the oldest building that is still in continuous use, and the Parthenon was in use for the longest period of time.