More About Iraq Attractions
In other parts of the country, leading heritage sites include the ancient city of Ashur, which served as the Assyrian empire’s first capital from the 14th to 9th century BC, and the Great Ziggurat of Ur, built during the Early Bronze Age. The fortified city of Hatra, located around 290km northwest of Baghdad, is also popular with tourists. Founded by ancient Arab tribes in the 3rd century BC, it is surrounded by inner and outer walls nearly 6.4km in circumference and supported by more than 160 towers.
To learn more about the culture and heritage of Iraq, try some of the country’s leading museums. The Iraqi National Museum, for example, places the spotlight on historical artefacts, stone carvings, manuscripts and even royal tombs. Alternatively, you can visit the Kurdish Textile Museum, Tikrit Museum, Mosul Museum, and the 2,500-year-old Ennigaldi-Nanna Museum (often described as the first museum known to historians).