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Restoration of Samara Al Askari Shrine. ©UNESCO Iraq 2011
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Restoration of Samara Al Askari Shrine

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The Archaeological City of Samarra is the site of a powerful Islamic capital city which ruled over the provinces of the Abbasid Empire extending from Tunisia to Central Asia for a century. Located on both sides of the River Tigris 130km north of Baghdad, the length of the site from north to south is 41.5km. Unlike other great capitals that prospered and led to the loss of their early remains, Samarra was rapidly abandoned and thus much of its plan and architecture are preserved. Samarra Archaeological City was inscribed both on the World Heritage List and on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2007.

This video tells the story of the restoration of Al Askari shrine, on of Iraq's most important religious buildings, which was severely damaged during the war dating back to 2006

on this subject: UNESCO Iraq office

Place/country: Iraq
Type: Documentary
Credits: UNESCO Iraq, producer.
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