Babylon rising?—S.T. Lloyd
Ruins of the ancient city of Babylon are seen near Hilla, south of Baghdad, Feb. 28, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani)
BABIL, Iraq — On July 17, UNESCO added al-Ahwar marshes in southeastern Iraq to the World Heritage list. Now, Iraq is seeking to add the 4,000-year-old city of Babylon to the list, which includes world heritage properties of special cultural and natural significance.
After the al-Ahwar marshes were added this year, Iraqis are looking to add the ancient city of Babylon to the World Heritage list in 2017, in a process that requires much effort given the current challenges the historical site faces.