Photo: Fakhri Mahmood
Efforts to destroy Iraq’s variegated heritage remain. Spanning four millennia, Iraq hosts a wealth of intangible global heritage, from the Assyrian city of Ashura to the Abbasid’s seat in Samarra. Regrettably, both of these sites are now in danger.
Source: The persistent pillaging of Iraq’s millennia-old treasures
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Black buffaloes wade by means of the waters of Iraq’s Mesopotamian marshes, leisurely chewing on reeds. After years of drought, winter rains have introduced some respite to herders and livestock within the well-known wetlands.
Source: Winter rains revive Iraq’s famed marshlands – Albuquerque Breaking News
Photo: Sabah Arar
Thanks to climate change, the Middle East is getting hotter faster than any other part of the world. This means the region’s pyramids, castles, churches and other heritage sites are more at risk than any others.
Source: Middle East’s ancient monuments are the most endangered on Earth
Hatra was an important religious and trading centre under the Parthian empire. Recently it suffered from a brief but brutal jihadist rule. Now a private museum is trying to lure back visitors.
Source: UNESCO world heritage site Hatra receives boost as tourists return
Photo: Jagran Josh
Take a look at the list of top 10 oldest cities of the world which are still inhabited by the human population. Jericho on the West Bank dating back 11000 years to Varanasi from India being 5000 years old, find out all about these cities below.
Source: Top 10 Oldest Inhabited Cities of the World: Complete List and Details
Pope Francis expected to visit the ancient southern Iraqi city of Ur on Saturday.
Source: Pope to visit ancient city of Ur, ‘the cradle of civilization’
On a mild winter weekend, the sun pours down on the yellow archways of the reconstructed palace of King Nebuchadnezzar II at the site of the ancient city of Babylon.
Source: ‘It Was Like Magic’: Iraqis Visit Babylon And Other Heritage Sites For 1st Time
Salman Khairalla is an Iraqi activist who’s been fighting to protect his country’s marshes, a key water resource, since 2007.
Source: Rebuilding Iraq starting from water. The story of Salman Khairalla – LifeGate
The ancient city of Babylon, home of the city’s famous Hanging Gardens, one of the world’s seven Ancient Wonders, has received even more attention as of late. The ruins of the site, which date back to over 2,600 years ago, were registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list in July 2019, and have become a regular pilgrimage for students and other visitors keen on exploring the ancient site and push the limits of what is considered by some to be forbidden territory.
Source: Past meets present amidst the Ruins of Babylon – KAWA
At the Kurdish Music Archive in Erbil’s citadel – the UNESCO World Heritage site that recently received five million Euros from the European Union for the…
Source: Director Amjad Assad Keeps Forgotten Melodies Alive at Erbil’s Citadel | Al Bawaba
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.
Source: Ancient Babylon designated a Unesco World Heritage site
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?
The historic attraction, next to Saddam Hussein’s palace, is now a Unesco World Heritage site – can it increase its tourism numbers beyond Iraq?
Source: Kissing in Babylon: The ancient site giving young Iraqis their freedom
The 4,000-year-old ancient city in Iraq has been named a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Source: Babylon becomes World Heritage Site
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 replenished river bends.
Source: Iraqis turn to budding ecotourism to save marshes