Places in Iraq
Cosmopolitan Sulaymaniyah (Kurdish: Slemani) is Iraqi Kurdistan’s second-largest city, and the most liberal and Westernised city in Iraq. Founded in 1784, Sulaymaniyah is a young city by Mesopotamian standards, and that youthful vibrancy shows – by Iraqi standards this city is trendy, fashion forward, chic, sophisticated and free spirited.
Encircled by mountains, with a bustling bazaar and a run-down appeal, the lively city of Dohuk is arguably the most charming of Kurdistan's three largest cities. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that the city feeling somewhat cocooned from the rest of the region and retains an old-town quality that some cities in Kurdistan lack.
All roads lead to Baghdad, the capital of Iraq and once the centre of the Islamic world. Baghdad’s very name once invoked images of golden domes, towering minarets, sunlight filtering through exotic bazaars and tales of Ali Baba, Sinbad and The 1001 Nights. Today, the harsh reality is that Baghdad is now a city in ashes, ravaged by nearly three decades of war and neglect.
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