Decade-old unrest takes toll on Iraq's cultural heritage

25 Jun 2013 9:57 AM | Anonymous

Decade-old unrest takes toll on Iraq's cultural heritage

Xinhua | 2013-6-24 8:25:12

By Agencies

In the middle of an Iraqi northern desert, the imposing remains of the Hatra city stand forlornly in the midst of wild grass, faintly attesting to the remote glory of the Parthian Empire about 2000 years ago.

Well-known for its high walls full of inscriptions and watchtowers dotted around the fortified city, Hatra, about 110 km southwest of Mosul, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985, the first such site in Iraq.

For the past decade of unrest following the 2003 US-led war, Hatra has been suffering from inadequate excavations and maintenance and few tourists have ventured into the historic site.

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