Baghdad is a fascinating city with its unique location in the heart of the Mesopotamia. The city has always been a significant cultural, commercial and political center of the Islamic World. Today, Baghdad does not welcome many tourists as it was used to but the city on its way to becoming a significant tourism destination again.
Al-Shaheed Monument which also known as the Martyr Monument was built as a memorial for the soldiers who lost their lives during the Iran-Iraq War which lasted almost 8 years. Al-Shaheed Monument is located Almuhandseen district which is 15 minutes walking distance away from the city center. It was designed by Ismail Fatah al Turk and Saman Kamal. The monument was completed in 1983. Al-Shaheed Monument is 40 meters long and painted with an iconic turquoise color.
Baghdadi Museum offers an insightful glance to history of age-old residents of the city. The museum is located on the banks of the Tigris River and walking distance away from the city center. Baghdadi Museum is famous for its wax statues and has an entrance fee of 2500 Iraqi Dinars.
The National Museum of Iraq used to has the world’s best collection of ancient Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian artifacts. During the Iraq War in 2003, some of the museum’s most precious artifacts went missing. After a great collaboration of several countries to find these artifacts, The National Museum of Iraq was reopened in 2015. Today, the museum exhibits a wide array of artifacts from Ancient Sumerians to Islamic Era. The National Museum of Iraq is located in the city center.
Hatra Ruins was built around 300 BC as fortified caravan city and has many monuments that still are in outstanding condition. The ancient city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and 290 kilometers away from the city center.
Abu Hanifa Mosque is one of the largest mosques in Baghdad. The mosque was built around the tomb of Abu Hanifa an-Nu'man who is the founder of Hanafi School.
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