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Report - 1st newbie report: Urbex in northern Iraq (Erbil

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by kachangas, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. kachangas

    kachangas 'Explorers are we?'
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    My first report on urbexing so I hope you will enjoy.

    They are all the photos I took when I visited northern Iraq (Iraqi Kurdistan) this last summer.

    The first set of photos came from the largest city in the region - Erbil.
    The modern city now surrounds it's famous citadel, which until 2007 has been continuously inhabited for 5,000 years. However, as restoration programme started and the fact that the slums in the citadel were not suitable for human inhabitance anyway - all the residents were moved out of the citadel, making it a massive ghost town situated right in the heart of Erbil.
    The legacy of the citadel (which was basically a massive walled city) being one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world was also put to an end :(

    Here is an idea of how the citadel looks like (not my photo)
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    The following are my photos:

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    The walled-city is divided into two parts: The slums for the poor, which would have been highly populated and crammed, typically built of sundried mudbricks and have a tiny courtyard with a toilet outside the house. Then there is also the area where the affluent live, with more spacious houses and built of different kind of materials on top of the mudbricks. Usually they will have a large backyard and a well in the middle of it.

    Here are the photos of the slums previously inhabited by the poor:

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    Here is a mosque:

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    Now comes to the mansion previously inhabited by the richer population of the walled-city of Erbil, notice how because they were better built the disintegration for the stricture is a lot slower than those mud brick slums:

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    Last, but not all, is the security of the citadel (not quite like those in the UK perhaps... and no its not an airsoft) :p:

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    My first report, please don't judge so harshly :Not Worthy
    But yeah do post whatever you think about it. I am open to all opinions and after all it's my first week up here so I don't exactly know what I should be expecting really :confused
    - I will upload a second report about some other sites I also visited in Iraq if you guys/girls like it :cool:

    Thanks for reading! :popcorn
     

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