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Iraq Travel

Iraq , popularly known as the "Cradle of Civilization", is situated between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. It was the center of the ancient world and is the historical home to many of humankind's greatest achievements including the wheel, the plow, the sailboat, mathematics, agriculture, writing, banking, record keeping, medical science, and a legal system.  

Iraq has a glorious history and rich culture; however, the last few years have been extremely difficult. Many religious and historical sites have been completely ravaged by war and many ancient relics lost forever. Despite the devastation that Iraq and its people have experienced, there remain many sites and much history to explore. Several regions of Iraq are outside the war zones and many are trying to rebuild in the face of great adversity. A new airport in Najaf, a southern holy city, is helping to reinvigorate travel to Iraq.

It has been said that "Every road in Iraq leads to Baghdad". Baghdad, the infamous capital city of Iraq, has been rooted on the Tigris River since the 8th century. The Tigris divides Baghdad into two main areas, known as Rusafa and Karkh. Rusafa has traditionally been the commercial hub of the city and Karkh was the political hub of the city, encompassing the presidential palace. When it is safe to travel to Baghdad once again, The Al Kadhimain Shrine, Church of Meskenta, Sahat Al Tahrir, Mustansiriya School, and The Abbasid Palace are not to be missed.

Iraq Travel

To the north of Baghdad, you will find Mosul, the ancient capital city of the Assyrian empire, It is bulging with some of the most splendid archaeological sites in the world and home to many of the holiest sites in Islam, including Umayyad Mosque, Mujahidi Mosque, Shamoun Al-Safa, and St. George's Monastery. Mosul also houses several sacred tombs of revered prophets including Jonah, Nahum Jerjis, and Saint Matthew.

To the south of Baghdad, you will find Basra, fabled home to the Garden of Eden and Sinbad the Sailor of "Arabian Nights". It is frequently referred to as the "Venice of the East" for its multiple canals that run through the city, which rise at high tide and recreate the enchantment of Venice. Basra's Museum holds scores of ancient Babylonian, Sumerian, and Islamic artifacts. In the Ashar district, the main bazaar is a lively place where you can find local goods, silks and unique fabrics, replicas of artifacts, and indigenous foods to delight your palate.

Iraq has an extreme desert climate most of the time, but there are times of the year when it is enjoyable and comfortable. In the summer, it is very dry and can get as hot as 120 degrees Fahrenheit, while in the spring and winter it is humid and warm, between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. The best time of the year to visit Iraq is in spring and winter.

Iraq will reassert its greatness as one of the world's oldest cultural hubs once the conflicts end and healing can begin.


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