The Six Oldest Castles in the World

By Marion Wijnberg

For centuries, castles have been included with mysteries, tales of hauntings, folklore and fairy tales of Kings and Queens. Large stone-built structures of stately homes with huge moats surrounding them conjure up images of life during medieval times. From England to Ireland to Spain, castles abound in all their glory and remain a part of world history. Some, if not most, have seen their fair share of damage from enemy attacks and weather and have since been restored. These castles still stand today and attract a high number of tourists annually.

Citadel of Aleppo

Beginning in the Medieval times, these bastions were built for those of nobility to protect them from attacks. Probably the oldest and largest castle in the world is the Citadel of Aleppo located in the very old city of Aleppo, Syria, built around 3000 BC. At the beginning of the 21st Century, The Aga Khan Trust for Culture in collaboration with the Aleppo Archaeological Society performed extensive conservation work on the citadel. Although it suffers a lot of damage due to the ongoing Syrian Civil War, it still stands today.