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Larnaca listed number 9 in Europe’s 16 oldest cities

Out of Europe’s 16 oldest cities which have been continually inhabited, Larnaca ranks at number nine, according to an article published by British newspaper The Telegraph.

The earliest inhabitants settled in ancient Kition in 1,300 BC, according to the newspaper.

The article mentions that Larnaca has been an important seaport, and it is also renowned as the birthplace of Zeno, the founder of Stoic philosophy.

“Today, Larnaca has a reputation as a cheap summer holiday destination, but does have more serene attractions including the Hala Sultan Tekke mosque and a salt lake that attracts flocks of pink flamingo,” the article concludes.

Out of the 16 oldest European cities, Argos in Greece was listed as the oldest is with Athens in second place. In both cities, inhabitants settled at around 5,000 BC. Nine of the 16 oldest towns listed are in Greece.

Apart from Larnaca, the only two other cities in the top ten which are not in Greece are Plovdiv in Bulgaria and Kutaisi in Georgia.

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