Buildings looked a lot different in the days before skyscrapers
Architecture has come a long way since stone structures and wood homes. Still, it’s good to appreciate some of the oldest buildings in the world. Many barely look like buildings, while others are surprisingly well intact. Almost all of the oldest buildings are tombs, temples and passage graves. Read on to learn about some of the oldest buildings in the world and their history.
Knap of Howar
One of the oldest buildings in the world is the Knap of Howar, which dates back to 3700-3500 BCE. The farmstead is one of the oldest, still-standing stone houses in Europe. It includes two stone homes linked through a hidden passage and joint walls. Archaeologists say Irish or Scottish monks could be the first builders and residents of the Knap of Howar.
The Megalithic Temples of Malta, or the Ġgantija Temples, date back to 3600 and 3200 BCE. The two temples on the island of Malta are UNESCO World Heritage sites. It’s one of the oldest freestanding monuments in the world. Archaeologists think the temple was used for ritual animal sacrifices, but there are plenty of nicer old traditions from around the world.