Iraq, travel

Erbil – undiscovered Iraq.

Why not travel to the Middle East? There are so many beautiful places waiting to be seen, lying undiscovered.

It’s not safe is the main argument. First if all – that is not correct for many parts of many countries, and many countries in general (Middle East is so diverse, it’s not one unity).

Secondly, even where it’s not safe – it will never be safe if people don’t dare to go there and see what’s going on.

But, let’s for now focus on safe places worth seeing.

These are photos of Erbil (and its area), the fourth largest city in Iraq, located in Iraqi Kurdistan, and one of the oldest continously inhabited cities in the world.

(photos by Mariwan Salihi)

erbil clock tower

Erbil clock tower

erbil's ancient citadel

Erbil’s ancient citadel

Gully Alii Beg

Gully Alli Beg

kurdish shops, erbil citadel

Kurdish souvenir shops

machko teahouse

famous Machko teahouse

new years's eve downtown

downtown at New Year’s Eve


one of the cities many parks

the korek mountainThe Korek Mountain


2 thoughts on “Erbil – undiscovered Iraq.

  1. Iraq is a country that no one ever dares think of to travel to so it’s good that someone has finally put a spotlight on it! The photos look amazing as well 🙂

  2. Yeah, I agree. It’s with the Middle East in general, I think (except Jordan and Israel maybe). WHich is really sad and shows ignorance of such diversity and differences between countries, and in the end – that is why the stereotypes continue to exist and spread – ’cause people don’t dig deeper, don’t dare to really get to know life in the Middle East with all its sounds, faces, flavours, stories. Anyways, glad you like it 🙂

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