The BBC reports that Iraq has pledged to allocate funds to the restoration of the 4,000-year-old city of Babylon, after it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO at a meeting last week in Azerbaijan. Babylon, the reputed site of the famous Hanging Gardens, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was popular with Iraqi Jews, who would visit the landmark on outings from Baghdad. But the damage in the last decades has been so great that it might never be undone.
Iraqi Jews visiting Babylon in the 1950s (Photo: Eli Saleh)
In the early 1980s, former Iraqi leader Saddam razed a large part of the ancient city in order to build a replica on top of some of the original ruins.