• Bombed in 1991 and in 2003, Baghdad still bears the signs of a conflict-filled past. The country's economic centre, it was once the cultural capital of the entire Islamic world.
    Rasoul Ali / 123RF
  • The Baghdad Antiquities Museum stands on the eastern shore and gives an excellent overview of all the cultures that have influenced the country.
    Rasoul Ali / 123RF
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Iraq

Baghdad stretches over the two banks of the Tigris. The most interesting sites are on the west bank of the river. There is the first university in the world with its 13th century architecture, the Ramadan and Kadhimain mosques , the Islamic Museum, the Abbasside Palace and several souks. On the east bank is the Mesopotamian Ancient History Museum with its excellent view of all the cultures that have passed through the country.

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