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.
Iraq’s ancient Citadel in Erbil has survived decades of neglect and mismanagement, as well as the threat of occupation by ISIS, to become Iraqi-Kurdistan’s most important cultural site.
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…
We recently visited the Kurdish region of Iraq and, maybe because of news reports, it was nothing like we expected. It’s not Arab. It’s not a war-torn desert wasteland. It’s safe. It’s peaceful. It’s green and mountainous, graced with abundant waterfalls and hilly, fertile farmland. Plus, Arabs, Kurds and foreigners all vacation together. No wonder Iraqi Kurdistan has been called “The Other Iraq.”
Westerners have no idea what they are missing.
A little about the Kurds
The “cradle of civilization” gave birth to the Kurdish peoples, yet they still dream of their own nation. Their homeland has been occupied by various empires for millennia. Medes, Assyrians, Sumerians, Parthians, Persians and others have ruled over them. Now, they are separated by political borders, but whether they live in Iraq, Syria, Turkey or Iran, they always consider themselves Kurds first.
At least 18 sites within the 6,000 year old Erbil citadel have been restored and are now open to visitors.
Work on the UNESCO World Heritage site has been delayed due to the financial crisis.
Considered one of the oldest inhabited areas in the world, the citadel was home to 6,000 residents at its height. It has, however, suffered from decades of neglect and many of the houses were crumbling.
One of the attractions where visitors can now enter is the Citadel Antiquities, which is full of Kurdish traditional heritage items and relics.
The other sites now open to visitors include Guest Reception Center, Kurdish Traditional Clothing Museum, Citadel Great Mosque, Citadel Public Bath, Erbil Hand-made Carpets Center, Citadel Cultural Center, Mideast French Institute, Kurdish Waive and Knit Museum, Citadel Upper Gate, Erbil Museum for Rocks and Jewels, and the Citadel Main Commission Office.
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The Islamic State, or ISIS, has been taking down swaths of territory in northern Iraq and Syria in recent weeks.