Ancient Babylon designated a Unesco World Heritage site; SCMP

Unesco’s World Heritage Committee voted to list the sprawling Mesopotamian metropolis of Babylon as a World Heritage Site after three decades of lobbying efforts by Iraq.

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Babylon is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, so why has it only just got a Unesco listing?; Alasdair Soussi; The National

The ancient city’s recognition feels long overdue – after all, it was first mentioned circa 2300 BC and ruled over by the legendary King Nebuchadnezzar II…

Source: Babylon is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, so why has it only just got a Unesco listing?

Kissing in Babylon: The ancient site giving young Iraqis their freedom; Tom Westcott; Middle East Eye

The historic attraction, next to Saddam Hussein’s palace, is now a Unesco World Heritage site – can it increase its tourism numbers beyond Iraq?

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Unesco World Heritage Site status will help restore Babylon; Telegraph India

The cradle of civilization and home of the famous Hanging Gardens, Babylon was reduced to ruins by the US invasion…

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Ancient City of Babylon Among New Unesco World Heritage Sites; Brigit Katz; Smithsonian.com

Other additions include ancient metallurgy sites in Burkina Faso, Iceland’s Vatnajökull National Park and eight buildings designed by Frank LLoyd Wright…

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Babylon becomes World Heritage Site; BBC

The 4,000-year-old ancient city in Iraq has been named a Unesco World Heritage Site.

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Ecotourism Boosts Revitalization for Iraq’s Marshes; Lysette Maurice N Sandoval; Science Times

Legends say that the Garden of Eden lays hidden somewhere near these revitalized marshes in Southern Iraq…

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Iraqis turn to budding ecotourism to save marshes; AFP

Thirty years after Saddam Hussein starved them of water, Iraq’s southern marshes are blossoming once more thanks to a wave of ecotourists picnicking and paddling down their…

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Unexpected rainfall revives Iraq’s historic marshlands; Raya Jalabi; Reuters

This time last year, most of Iraq’s historic marshlands were dry, desiccated by upstream damming and a chronic lack of rainfall.

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7 fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Matt Davis; Big Think

Here are 7 often-overlooked World Heritage Sites, each with its own history.

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