Friday, April 5, 2013

Day E: Endangered Heritage

This April, I will be participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge, writing about the A to Z of Iraqi Culture. Do give in your own two cents in the comments below and let me know if you have anything to add or something similar to share from your own culture.


Not for nothing is Iraq known as the Cradle of Civilisation. It is here where the earliest known civilisation- the Sumers- were born, and it is here that the world saw its first city- Ur.

Sadly, although there have been efforts to preserve sites, protecting heritage is not exactly at the top of Iraq's priorities. Countless areas in Iraq hold ruins bearing witness to centuries of history.

The ruins of Ur in the city of Nassriyah, birthplace and home of Abraham/ Ibrahim

What remains of the city of Babylon, home to one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World
The ruins of Hatra, ancient commercial city
All that is left of the ancient city of Ctesiphon

Hopefully, as Iraq gets back on its feet and progresses on its road to recovery, the ruins and heritage sites of our ancient history are given the place of importance and care they deserve.

Until that happens, you can always learn more about the ancient civilisations of Iraq through this virtual museum



  1. It will be great for Iraq to recover and have all these historical sites preserved and displayed well and be able to draw visitors once again. Great photos!

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  2. There is very little I detest more than seeing ancient ruins abandoned and neglected and uncared for! It happened a bit in Turkey too, before people woke up to what they were doing (or, rather, what they were letting tourists do!) to their un/natural wonders.

  3. I love all kinds of History....and it's truly sad to see that a beautiful place with such rich history is in such a state! I would love to visit it sometime!

  4. History and ruins are my great interest, thank for posting about this.
    Katie atBankerchick Scratchings

  5. I'm learning so much during this challenge.

  6. The pictures are awesome!! Thanks for sharing the information!


  7. Completely Amazing. Thank you for caring and thank you for sharing a glimpse of places i talk about all the time.
    Great Post!!!
    Happy A to Z,

  8. Such great history. Would love to see someday. The work/structure detail is amazing.

  9. Thanks for sharing these pictures. I hadn't been aware that Babylon was home to one of the seven ancient wonders. I guess I learn something new everyday.

  10. Did you take these photo's? They are stunning!
    A to Z buddy
    Peanut Butter and Whine

    1. Nope, my bad for not crediting the sources!

  11. It is sad that the area of the world that has the oldest civilized ruins is such a war torn area. I hope that one day these testaments to our history will be preserved.

    A-Z Challenge.

  12. O_O Everything looks so incredibly beautiful. Wow. Ditto on your second last line :/

  13. That was really informative! and amazing pictures :)

  14. Stunning images. I'm a lover of all things old! Going to have a look round some other posts on your blog too :)

    A to z challenge participant


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