The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

Baghdad

 

Scan 2 - Version 2This great card is from Milad in Iraq and shows Liberation Square and the Freedom Monument on the left and a sunset over the Dijla (Tigris) River on the right. Liberation Square is the largest square in Baghdad and commemorates the 1958 establishment of the Republic of Iraq. The river runs close by. Lovely card!

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Imam Ali Mosque

postcards2_3_2This card, arriving a day after Milad’s first card, shows the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf, Iraq. It is considered the third holiest location for the Shia branch of Islam as Muhammed’s cousin, the first Imam is said to be buried there. Although the site has survived through a lot in its time, especially in recent years, it has retained its glory and beauty effectively. Thank you so much Milad, I love this card!

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The Ishtar Gate

postcards2_2_2This stunning card comes from Milad in Iraq and was my first from the country! It shows the Ishtar Gate – the eighth gate to the Inner City of Babylon and built c.575BC! Originally, the gate was considered one of the seven wonders of the world, but was later replaced with the Lighthouse of Alexandria in the 3rd century BC. This site here, despite being only a replica of the original (which is now displayed in a museum in Berlin, according to Milad), is considered a UNESCO site. Fantastic card!

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