| Author: Joshua Swan

There are a huge number of old buildings in the world that have served man for centuries without changing their original purpose. For example, in Japan there is a hotel that has been providing overnight accommodation for guests for over 1,300 years.


1. Hotels Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan and Hoshi Ryokan

In Japan, there are two of the oldest hotels in the world, which still exist. Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan Spa Hotel was opened in the city of Hayakawa in 705 . The hotel is more than 1,300 years old and is owned by a family that has been running it for 52 generations The last time the building was renovated in 1997 and now has 37 rooms.

And in the city of Komatsu is located the Hoshi Ryokan hotel, which was founded a little later, in the year 717 . The hotel was continuously owned by 46 generations of the same family. The  hotel has hot tubs, a garden and a ceramics gallery. Hoshi Ryokan was popular even among emperors, as well as among rich Japanese and creative personalities.




2. Tea Room The Bridge Tea Rooms

Built in 1502, this building houses the tea house The Bridge Tea Rooms. Already 4 times the British Tea Council has recognized it as the place where the best UK tea is served.




3. Trier Cathedral of St. Peter

The cathedral of the German city of Trier was founded in the 320s by order of the emperor Constantine. The building after construction was destroyed several times during military conflicts and rebuilt the same number of times. There are many Christian relics in the cathedral, and there are still daily church services in it. It is one of the most popular places for foreign tourists. And in 1986, one of the oldest cathedrals in the world was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.




4. Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank

Monte dei Paschi di Siena is considered the oldest bank in the world in existence. It was founded in 1472 by the authorities of the city-state of Siena, Italy. As of the end of 2014, there were about 2,200 branches, including 40 abroad. The headquarters of the bank is invariably located in Palazzo Salimbeni. The building, made in the Gothic style, looks very impressive.

5. Pub Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Presumably, this is the oldest pub in England. Founded in  1189 . Located at the foot of the rock on which Nottingham Castle is built. Some time in the pub was located hotel.




6. Chirchyuboararvur, the oldest wooden residential building

On the Faroe Islands in the southern part of Stremyma island is located the village of Chirchubyovur , where 75 people live (as of 2009). In the settlement there is the so-called King’s Farm, which was built supposedly in the  XI century . This building is considered one of the oldest residential wooden buildings in the world. Previously, it served as the residence of the bishop, and since 1550 all property of the Catholic Church in the Faroes was confiscated in favor of the King of Denmark. Since then, the “mansion” got its classic name. By the way, the farm has been under the management of the Patursson family for almost 500 years.




7. Residential house Maison de Jeanne

In the French city of Aveyron is one of the oldest stone residential buildings. It was built at the end of the XIII century , and people still live in it. The building was built in such an unusual way, because in those days all residential buildings in France were taxed by the number of square meters only on the ground floors.




8. Barber Truefitt & Hill

In London there is the oldest hairdresser in Europe , which is perfectly preserved and still functioning. It was founded in 1805 by William Trufit, the best barber of the English court at that time. Her clients were Byron, Wilde, Churchill, Hitchcock. It is noteworthy that the institution is still visited by members of the royal family, parliament, representatives of the financial elite, as well as the monarchs of European countries.




9. Windmill Doesburgermolen

In the city of Ede in the Netherlands around 1630 a windmill was built, which is now considered the oldest structure of this type. The mill is managed by volunteers and is still used to turn the grain into excellent flour.

10. Hotel Het Houten Huys

This hotel, built in  1528 (according to other sources , in 1420), is the oldest house in Amsterdam and one of the two remaining wooden buildings in the city. Het Houten Huys still accepts guests.