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UNESCO lists Iraq's Babylon as World Heritage Site

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A general view of the ancient archaeological site of Babylon, south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. (File/ AFP)

UNESCO's World Heritage Committee voted in Baku on Friday to list the sprawling Mesopotamian metropolis of Babylon as a World Heritage Site after three decades of lobbying efforts by Iraq.

Straddling Iraq's Euphrates River about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Baghdad, the city was the center of the ancient Babylonian empire more than 4,000 years ago.

It has been estimated that Babylon was the largest city in the world around 1770-1670 BC, and again around 612-320 BC. It was perhaps the first city to reach a population above 200,000.

 

Last Modified: Friday، 05 July 2019 07:10 PM
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