The awesome secrets of the world’s oldest homes


They certainly don’t build them like they used to! Constructed many centuries ago, the world’s oldest intact homes have stood the test of time. From astonishing cave houses to noble manors, click or scroll through and join us as we take a trip through history and discover the most venerable residences on the planet that are still standing.




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This image from 1934 shows the interior of one of the pueblo’s homes, specifically one of their characteristic corner fireplaces. The Sky City also features a number of external adobe beehive hornos (‘ovens’) that were used for baking, cooking and firing pottery, for which the pueblo is famous the world over.




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The village’s adobe houses share many similarities with the homes of Acoma Pueblo as this picture from 1877 shows. Like Acoma’s structures, they were traditionally accessed by a ladder, though some went on to feature doors, and ground-floor rooms were kitted out with corner fireplaces. The thick adobe walls provide excellent insulation, keeping the rooms cool in summer and warm during the winter months.




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The similarities don’t stop there. Taos Pueblo is also dotted with beehive-shaped adobe hornos and like Acoma Pueblo has no electricity, running water or indoor plumbing, which are prohibited for religious reasons. Other interesting features of the village include wooden racks used to dry meat, corn, berries and animal hides.




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The Viking farmhouse, which like many traditional structures in the Faroe Islands features a turf roof to keep out the elements, first served as a Catholic episcopal residence and seminary. It was here that Bishop Erlendur penned the so-called Sheep’s Letter in 1298. The statute concerning sheep breeding is the earliest known document created in the Faroe Islands.




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Yemen has been in the grip of a devastating proxy civil war since 2014 after Iran-backed Houthi rebels ousted the Saudi-aligned government and took control of Old Sana’a and other parts of the country. Since then, the city has been battered by Saudi-led airstrikes, which have destroyed a number of its iconic tower houses, and many of those that are still standing are suffering severe neglect.




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Starting out as a temple to the Mesopotamian storm god Hadad, the citadel was first used as a fortification by the Macedonians in the third or fourth century BC. It was conquered by Muslim forces in 636 AD and later became the capital of the Hamdamid dynasty, before it was sacked by the Christian Byzantines in 962 AD.




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The Grade I-listed Luddesdown Court in Kent is thought to date back as early as the year 1000, which would make it significantly older than Saltford Manor, though the jury is still out. In any case, the L-shaped 6,821-square-foot manor has a long and illustrious history. Built largely in Caen stone and flint, the house, which sits on 23 acres, is said to have been owned by William the Conqueror’s half-brother Odo.




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Odo played an important role in the Norman invasion of England and went on to commission the Bayeux Tapestry. Subsequent owners, who include Franco-English nobleman Aymer de Valence, a loyal advisor to Edward II, as well as Welsh Prince Owain Glyndŵr, each put their mark on the property, which is evident in the great hall and minstrels’ gallery, which features a Norman fireplace and Tudor chimney.




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