Triumphing through political and religious tension, Baghdad is a city with an incredibly rich history and culture. This great capital of Iraq was once at the centre of the great Mesopotamian civilization. Other major empires, including the Sumerians and Babylonians, have too made their mark here, reminiscent in the ancient Babylon ruins and other landmarks.
The city truly came to life during the golden age of Islam. It became the centre of scientific, cultural, and artistic learning and was one of the greatest capitals of that time. Baghdad’s modern history has taken away much of its cultural and historical significance, but beyond the current mayhem lies a city poised to be a major Middle Eastern travel destination.
A visit to the National Iraqi Museum helps you understand how art, science, religion, and industry developed, and how the best and worst aspects of humankind came to exist. The Al Shaheed Monument, or Martyr’s Memorial, is a beautiful structure serving as a memorial to the Iraqi lives lost in the Iran-Iraq war.
Through the dusty streets and bustling alleyways, visitors will be treated to a feast of colours, fabrics, copperware and delicious food at the souks in the centre of town. Don’t underestimate this city – you’ll be pleasantly surprised and inspired by its vibrant culture, local hospitality and zesty flavours!
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