In the Middle of a War Zone

For years, we heard these names mentioned on the nightly news or read them on the front pages of newspapers:  Baghdad, Balad, Basra, Fallujah, Tikrit and Mosul – yes, all cities in Iraq.   While furrylittlegnome was glued to the television and scoured the internet for any news during OIF2 (Operation Iraqi Freedom 2) in 2004,  she did not realize how one part of Iraq could remain relatively peaceful and calm…we can thank FLG’s brother for the following photos…

Welcome to the ancient city of Babylon.  Located fifty miles south of Baghdad and sitting on the Euphrates River, this city is one of the oldest in the world as it dates back to almost 2,000 years BC.  Map of Iraq in the ancient city of Babylon
Babylon, Iraq

To be frank, gnome cannot even begin to go into the history of this ancient city that was once part of Mesopotamia.  There is just too much.  Also, it is a bit confusing. We shall stick with the photos.

Procession Street was the main thruway.  It was wide and walled and paved with bricks and bitumen that can be seen in the picture below.

Procession street sign

Procession Street in Babylon

Saddam Hussein decided he wanted a summer palace, so in 1993, he started construction
on top of the ruins.
Lion in BabylonLion in Babylon
Babylon ruins with old Saddam Hussein palace in background
Babylon ruins with old Saddam Hussein palace in background
Below are more photos from the ancient city –
Animal Etched in Brick in BabylonAnimal Etched in Brick in Babylon

Animal Etched in Brick in Babylon
Babylon, Iraq
Babylon, Iraq
And, of course, a visit to one of the seven wonders of the world would not be complete without a stop at the gift shop!Babylon gift shop

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2 Responses to In the Middle of a War Zone

  1. JulesPaige says:

    Maps have always fascinated me. It is unfortunate though that as new leaders evolve that they believe they have the right to destroy history in order to preserve their own.

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