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  • #76
    Picture update from Babylon


    Ishtar Gate








    Palace of Nebuchadnezzar


    Saddam's palace

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    • #77
      Thanks, great pictures!

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      • #78
        Originally posted by Galoutofdixie View Post
        Thanks, great pictures!

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        • #79
          Iraq Launches Itself As the Hot, New Holiday Destination
          7-17-08
          http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/a...ion/article.do

          It is still one of the most dangerous places in the world, but officials are determined to persuade tourists to return to the war-torn country.

          If it wasn't for the suicide bombings, shootings and the ever-present threat of kidnap, it would not be a difficult task - Iraq has some of the world's finest archaeological sitesand the holiest places in Islam.

          Which is why hundreds of hoteliers and tourism officials are meeting this week to work out how to attract visitors to Baghdad.

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          • #80
            Welcome to Iraq, the hot new holiday destination
            7-17-08
            http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/tra...cle4347211.ece

            It has some of the finest archaeological sites in the world and some of the holiest places in Islam - but persuading tourists to visit Iraq has to be one of the toughest jobs around.

            Hamood Massam al-Yakoubi, the head of the Iraqi Tourism Board, is confident that as the violence begins to recede, the brave and curious may be enticed to the country. I would like tourists from around the world to visit because there is a lot to see, he says.

            As about 200 tourism operators, hoteliers and officials convened this week to discuss the once-booming industry, the recent drop in violence was emboldening them to encourage foreigners to return and restore the heyday of Iraqi tourism.

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            • #81
              Iraqi prime minister to view Berlin's Babylon exhibition
              7-22-08
              http://www.monstersandcritics.com/ne...bition__Extra_

              Visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is to inspect on Wednesday a major exhibition of treasures excavated from Babylon in southern Iraq, German Foreign Ministry officials said.

              The 'Babylon, Myth and Truth' show unites the most valued finds now in the custody of Berlin, Paris and London including the Processional Way and the Ishtar Gate which are permanently displayed in the Pergamon Museum on the Berlin Island of Museums.

              The Berlin show till October 5 is a joint venture with the Louvre of Paris and the British Museum of London. It is the first time the treasures have been reunited in one place since being removed from the buried ruins of Babylon a century ago.

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              • #82
                Firms look to open casino in Saddam's Babylonian palace in Iraq
                7-21-08
                http://en.rian.ru/world/20080721/114550980.html

                Iraq's investment committee is studying projects proposed by U.S. and Russian firms to turn Saddam Hussein's palace near the site of ancient Babylon into a tourist site with a casino, an Iraqi paper said.

                Government paper Al-Sabah quoted Saleh al-Muslimawi, governor of the Babil Province about 85 kilometers (55 mi) south of Baghdad, as saying that the projects also entailed the restoration of museums in Babylon. He declined to give the companies' names.

                Babylonian architectural and religious monuments are on the list of investment options compiled by the province's authorities, the paper said.

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                • #83
                  Pack your bags for Baghdad? Iraq looks to tourism
                  7-21-08
                  http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5j...QQf5gD923154G1

                  The opening of a new airport Sunday in the southern city of Najaf is expected to help boost the number of religious pilgrims, mostly Iranians, visiting Shiite shrines to 1 million this year, double the number that came in 2007.

                  "Safety is still the biggest concern," Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Grover, a Navy officer working with Iraq's tourism board on behalf of the U.S. government, wrote in an e-mail. "It will take a few risk-takers to invest in Iraq, but when that happens others should follow."

                  One risk-taker is Robert Kelley, an American businessman who stood at the edge of a field in Baghdad's Green Zone on Saturday and said a luxury, $100 million hotel would be built there. The zone houses Iraqi government offices and American diplomatic and military facilities.

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                  • #84
                    Iraq's new venture: Holidays in the Garden of Eden
                    8-1-08
                    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...en-882635.html

                    It is a country that has become synonymous with suicide bombings and sectarian killings, abductions and refugees the savage legacy of one of the most emotive and controversial wars of recent times.

                    Yet the government of Iraq insists all that will soon be in the past and that the cradle of civilisation, the land of Babylon and the Garden of Eden, will become a paradise for foreign tourists.

                    With the surge in US troop numbers curbing much of the violence in recent months, and the ragged economy buoyed by petrodollars, the Iraqi government maintains that the time has come for a concerted push to attract visitors under the slogan "tourism not terrorism".

                    More . . .

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                    • #85
                      Iraqi PM Offers Iraqi Christians Protection
                      7-31-08
                      http://www.aina.org/news/20080731051628.htm

                      The Iraqi government will offer protection to the threatened Christian community in northern Iraq, the prime minister said Wednesday.

                      Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Baghdad will ensure Iraqi Christians are protected, following a meeting with the head of the Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate of Babylon, Emmanuel III Delly, Voices of Iraq reported.

                      "Maliki asserted to Delly his government's keenness to protect Iraqi Christians and provide them with all services to make them feel secure and stable in their country," a government statement read.

                      In early July a group calling itself "The Battalion of Just Punishment, Jihad Base in Mesopotamia" issued a series of threats against Christian churches in northern Iraq.

                      The meeting with Cardinal Delly follows an earlier visit by the Iraqi premier with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

                      Maliki said he would push for a multireligious conference in Iraq to gather church leaders from around the world to highlight the "brotherhood in Iraq," the government statement said.

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                      • #86
                        what is?

                        Originally posted by ChristineMarie View Post
                        Yes, and US soilders are actually helping with excavations and artifacts for the nebuchadnezzar museum

                        What is the nebuchadnezzer?

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                        • #87
                          Originally posted by amissa View Post

                          What is the nebuchadnezzer?
                          Part of the Archaeological Museum in Babylon.
                          Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right. - Charles H. Spurgeon

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                          • #88
                            Babylon and Jeremiah 51

                            I am really confused by this.

                            Jeremiah 51 prophecies the total and irrevocable destruction of Babylon. If you read through this chapter, the Lord declares that Babylon will not only be completely destroyed but that , Jeremiah 51:26 "And they shall not take from thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever," saith the LORD"
                            and Jeremiah 51:62 "then shalt thou say, `O LORD, Thou hast spoken against this place to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever"

                            I don't understand. Has Babylon already suffered this prophecied destruction, bcause if it has, then it obviously wont be re-built or re-inhabited. And if it hasn't, then what happened to Babylon?

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                            • #89
                              Originally posted by Man4Prophecy View Post
                              I am really confused by this.

                              Jeremiah 51 prophecies the total and irrevocable destruction of Babylon. If you read through this chapter, the Lord declares that Babylon will not only be completely destroyed but that , Jeremiah 51:26 "And they shall not take from thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever," saith the LORD"
                              and Jeremiah 51:62 "then shalt thou say, `O LORD, Thou hast spoken against this place to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever"

                              I don't understand. Has Babylon already suffered this prophecied destruction, bcause if it has, then it obviously wont be re-built or re-inhabited. And if it hasn't, then what happened to Babylon?
                              Babylon has yet to be destroyed as prophecied... Sadam spent the last 20 years rebuilding Babylon. Rev 18 is the destruction of Babylon where it has become a great city of commerce.
                              Last edited by jeffsd; August 25th, 2008, 04:49 PM.

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                              • #90
                                Beat the crowds and think about a Baghdad vacation
                                9-2-08
                                http://www.caller.com/news/2008/sep/...out-a-baghdad/

                                If there's any question about the growing security in Baghdad, there is this: the government is asking for designs for a giant Ferris wheel that would be the centerpiece for a drive to increase, or maybe more accurately, to create a tourism industry.

                                This security, however shaky, has apparently given Iraqi authorities enough confidence to envision a giant Ferris wheel pinwheeling on the city skyline. The Ferris wheel, to be called the Baghdad Eye, in a takeoff of the London Eye that towers over the Thames River, would be 650 feet high and would carry riders in comfort inside air-conditioned compartments. "We hope to attract a great number of customers who will be able to see the whole city and enjoy the restaurants and pools on the ground below, " a city spokesman, Adel al-Ardawi, said in the best tradition of the local economic booster.

                                The war has put a grimness to Iraq that even the most optimistic plans would be hard pressed to dispell. But Iraq has the makings of a tourism hot spot. Iraq is the cradle of civilization, home to the ruins of Babylon, which are now part of a military base, as is the Ziggurat of Ur, the massive structure built by the ancient Sumerians who invented writing.

                                If Baghdad officials feel secure enough to think about tourists riding Ferris wheels, never mind whether any tourist is brave enough to ride one, the day when peace comes to Iraq must be closer.

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