Iraq’s ancient city of Babylon eyes World Heritage list

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.

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