Madurai is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world having been in existence since about 4th century BC, and getting mentioned in ancient texts of Greeks and Romans. It was the capital city of the Pandiyan kingdom and is famous for its temples, with their magnificent architecture, finely carved sculptures and colorful paintings. In addition, there are palaces and museums that can catch the fancy of history buffs. Also, Madurai is surrounded by hills that have been important centres for Jainism in the ancient times.
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