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I have prayed at the Western Wall of The Temple Mount in Jerusalem. My ancestors have been priests there since about the 10th century BC.


The Great Pyramid of Giza initially had two functions, to serve as a tomb for the pharaoh, and to demonstrate his power and prestige. Today, it has two functions, to serve as a tourist attraction and to demonstrate the power and prestige of the pharaohs. It is a structure that has continuously fulfilled one of its functions since 2540 BC. As far as I know, ...


This is a building near Zvyozdnaya metro station in St. Petersburg: Exact GPS location: 59.833285, 30.349010. The letters on top say "Beer House", which is a local chain of pubs.


A lot depends on your definitions of "building", "use", and whether "use" is required to be continuous throughout history. A good candidate is the pantheon in Rome (AD 128). It was a place of pagan worship to start with, became a church when Rome became Christian, and has been in use as a church since then. Amphitheatres and pyramids don't really fit the "...


This question is hard to answer since you would have to define "in use" very precisely. Here are some wild guesses: Wikipedia has a list of the oldest buildings in the world. Prominently feature tombs/graves/similar and you could well argue they are still in use. That would go back as far as very roughly 4000 B.C. Stonehenge is believed to have been ...


The Theatre of Epidaurus (4th century BCE!) still has performances. It is not, however, an enclosed building.


The Etchmiadzin Cathedral was built in 301 AD. The original church was built in the early fourth century—between 301 and 303 according to tradition—by Armenia's patron saint Gregory the Illuminator, following the adoption of Christianity as a state religion by King Tiridates III. It replaced a preexisting temple, symbolizing the conversion from paganism ...


The obvious answer is Kyoto, including the famous Gion (祇園) district. You should be able to stroll through streets that mostly feature traditional Japanese architecture. While I never went to Kanazawa myself, from my research, it does feature many areas that feature traditional architecture, including the Higashi Chaya (東茶屋街) and Kazue-Machi (主計町) ...

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