Iraq Off The Beaten Path

  • Complex of the Mosque
    Complex of the Mosque
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  • Sheikh Mahmoud Hafid Square
    Sheikh Mahmoud Hafid Square
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  • Chickens along Ainkawa Road
    Chickens along Ainkawa Road
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Iraq Off The Beaten Path

  • Hala Mata Cave

    Located on the hill that is on the south side of Dohuk is Hala Mata Cave. It's not really a cave but more of a flat section of the cliff that has some Assyrian carvings that are about 2,700 years old. There isn't too much to it but it's still nice to go to as there is nothing letting you that this is here. Dohuk is in a valley and if you drive up...

  • Cave of Raban Boya

    There used to be Christian Monks living in the Cave of Raban Boya but now it's empty. It's a tiny little cave but the reason people come here is because of a rock. It is said that if a woman slides down the rock on her belly, head first, she'll become pregnant. There is only stairs at the beginning of the hike and the last little bit before the...

  • The Caravanserai in Kuysanjaq

    In the bazaar of the old Jewish city of Kuysanjaq, there is a caravanserai (a place where caravans came to rest). Walking around the bazaar, I had no idea this place was here. There is no signs pointing to this place, just a fancier than average door. The place is falling apart in certain areas and roof has collapsed in some places. There was a...

  • Jirwana

    Jirwana, as my understanding has is the oldest aqueduct ruins in the world at around 2,700 years old. Only a small portion of it has been excavated but enough to give you a good idea of it. It was built to bring waters to the gardens of Nineveh. Some of the stones are carved in a language I do not understand. It's a couple km north of Ain Sifni....

  • CNN mosque

    This is the September the 14th Mosque in central Baghdad. It is more commonly known as the CNN mosque, as it often appears in the background when broadcasts are made from Baghdad. The Sheraton hotel is in the background. Firdos square, where Sadaam's statue was pulled down, is between the mosque and the hotel.

  • Khanaquin

    This town, past the green line, will be sure to drive home how horrific the Anfal campaign was. Despite being a majority Kurdish city, it remained under control of the central government after the 1991 war. Khanaquin 'looks like Iraq', or at least the Iraq you see on TV. Further north the desert turns into pretty lush mountains but this far south,...

  • ishtar in babylone,but it has...

    ishtar in babylone,but it has been rebuilt,it is a new one,there is a better one in the museum of berlin!!

  • terrible...

    terrible experience:samarra----we ate in a little restaurant there,but some saudi pilgrims arrived and we were told to leave,because moslems do not want to eat with non-moslems(I imagine if in france,I ask in a restaurant to throw away all the arabs!!!).Then we visited the ziggurat(a tower like the tower of babel)where I had such a vertigo on the...

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