Iraq

April 2011

A journey into the heart of Iraq, an experience of the people, the country and its history.
Artefacts  Artefacts in Baghdad souk, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Busy street in Baghdad  Busy street in Baghdad, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Shrine of Sitt Zubayda  Inside view of the shrine of Sitt Zubayda, Baghdad, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Minaret of Samarra  Minaret (Malwiya Tower) of Samarra, Iraq, Photo taken in April 2011.
Water pool at Quasr al Khalifah  The large pool-area of Quasr al Khalifah, the palace of the caliph Al Mutasim from 836 AD. Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Quasr al Khalifah  Quasr al Khalifah, the palace of the caliph Al Mutasim from 836. Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Northern Iraq  I'm not entirely sure what this is. I came across this in northern Iraq heading towards the oil fields. Quasr al Khalifah  Part of the Quasr al Khalifah, the palace of the caliph Al Mutasim from 836 AD. Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011.
Minaret of Abu Dulaf Mosque  Minaret of Abu Dulaf Mosque, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Soldier at Samarra  Soldier near the Minaret of Samarra, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Local militia  A  member of the local militia in a Christian region of northern Iraq. This is at the Syrian Catholic monastery of Mar Behnam (Monastery of the Martyrs Saint Behnam and his Sister Sarah). Photo taken in April 2011. Assyrian stone relief panel  Assyrian stone relief panel, showing a winged demon, at the National Museum of Iraq, Baghdad. Colour and contrast enhanced to highlight details. Photo taken in April 2011.
A stone relief at Nimrud  A stone relief, or stele, at the palace of the mighty Assyrian King Assur Nassirpal II (or Ashurnasirpal II) at Nimrud (Kalhu), northern Iraq. False colour used to enhance detail. Photo taken in April 2011. Guardian at Nimrud  Guardian in Nimrud, northern Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Stone relief at Nimrud  A stone relief, or stele, at the palace of the mighty Assyrian King Assur Nassirpal II (or Ashurnasirpal II) at Nimrud (Kalhu), northern Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Stone relief at Nimrud  A stone relief, or stele, at the palace of the mighty Assyrian King Assur Nassirpal II (or Ashurnasirpal II) at Nimrud (Kalhu), northern Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011.
Children  Two boys by the side of the road on the way from Baghdad to Salman Pak, Iraq, Photo taken in Apri 2011. Market in Salman Pak  Cyclist, child and pedestrians in the town of Salman Pak, Iraq.The area is highly fortified with army and police. Photo taken in April 2011. Mosque dome  Dome of mosque in Salman Pak, Iraq, Photo taken in April 2011. Children  Children outside the main mosque in Salman Pak, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011.
Soldier at Samarra  Soldier at Ctesiphon, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Arch at Ctesiphon  The arch Taq-i Kisra at Ctesiphon, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Soldiers at Ctesiphon  Soldiers at Ctesiphon, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Mazgouf  Our "mazgouf"; fish grilled over an open fire of burning lemon/orange tree wood. We chose the live fish that we wished to eat and the fish were then stunned, gutted, seasoned then slow grilled for our pleasure. It takes about an hour to cook the fish. This resaurant was next to the banks of the Tigris in Baghdad, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011.
Bicycle mirrors!  Lots of mirrors on the bike, somewhere south of Baghdad, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Men working on tyres  Men working on tyres, servicing lorries and tractors that make their way through here, somewhere south of Baghdad, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Saddam's palace ceiling  The ceiling of a large room in Saddam's dilapitaded palace in Babylon, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Rosalie  Rosalie, a fellow traveller, at one of Saddam's dilapitaded palaces in Babylon, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011.
Broken down outside Kerbala  Our vehicle had broken down at the end of a long day. This police vehicle tried to tow us but the flimsy rope didn't last very long (I knew it wouldn't). We were provided with an alternative vehicle that took us to the town of Kerbala, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Kulvinder Matharu at the Neolithic Al Tar caves  Kulvinder Matharu at the Neolithic Al Tar caves, southern Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Ukhaider  Columns in the large palace/fortress complex at Ukhaider, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Kulvinder Matharu at the Al Tar caves  Kulvinder Matharu at the Neolithic Al Tar caves, southern Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011.
Kulvinder Matharu at Al Caesar Church  Kulvinder Matharu at Al Caesar Church, southern Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Kulvinder Matharu at Al Caesar Church  Kulvinder Matharu at Al Caesar Church, southern Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Kulvinder Matharu at Al Caesar Church  Kulvinder Matharu at Al Caesar Church, southern Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Mosque at Al Kifl  Mosque at Al Kifl, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011.
Souk in Al Kifl  Man at work in the souk at Souk Al Kifl, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Boys  Boys in Al Kifl, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Boys  Boy in Najaf, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Woman at Najaf  A woman, who must have been standing in that pose for hours, at Imam Ali's shrine in Najaf, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011.
School kids  Children leaving school and greeting us, near Nippur and Urak, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Building  A building also showing gathering pace of the sandstorm, near Nippur, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Uruk  A view from the ziggarut of Uruk, Iraq. The sandstorm made everything appear yellow. Photo taken in April 2011. Young girl in Uruk  A young local girl in Uruk, Iraq. A sandstorm had enveloped the entire area giving everything a reddish-yellow tint. Photo taken in April 2011. : Iraq, Uruk, girl
Strange formations  Strange formations at Uruk, Iraq. These are probably the remains of a building but I am not too sure. The sandstorm also made everything appear yellow. Photo taken in April 2011. Girls in Uruk  The sandstorm made everything yellow when I took a photo of these girls at Uruk, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Kulvinder Matharu at Nippur  Kulvinder Matharu at Nippur, Iraq. The lack of sun is due to a sandstorm! Photo taken in April 2011 Kulvinder Matharu at Uruk  Kulvinder Matharu at Uruk, Iraq. The lack of sun is due to a sandstorm! Photo taken in April 2011
Camels in sandstorm  Camels in a sandstorm near Ur, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Kulvinder Matharu at Uruk  Kulvinder Matharu at Ur, Iraq. The lack of sun is due to a sandstorm! Photo taken in April 2011. Kulvinder Matharu at Uruk  Kulvinder Matharu at Ur, Iraq. The lack of sun is due to a sandstorm! Photo taken in April 2011. Kulvinder Matharu at Uruk  Kulvinder Matharu at Ur, Iraq. The lack of sun is due to a sandstorm! Photo taken in April 2011.
Kulvinder Matharu at Uruk  Kulvinder Matharu at Ur, Iraq. The lack of sun is due to a sandstorm! Photo taken in April 2011. Kulvinder Matharu at Eridu  Kulvinder Matharu at Eridu, Iraq. The lack of sun is due to a sandstorm! Photo taken in April 2011 Kulvinder Matharu at Eridu  Kulvinder Matharu at Eridu, Iraq. The lack of sun is due to a sandstorm! Photo taken in April 2011 Kulvinder Matharu at Eridu  Kulvinder Matharu at Eridu, Iraq. The lack of sun is due to a sandstorm! Photo taken in April 2011
Kulvinder Matharu at Eridu  Kulvinder Matharu at Eridu, Iraq. The lack of sun is due to a sandstorm! Photo taken in April 2011 Tigris-Euphrates marshlands  The Tigris-Euphrates marshlands, home of the Marsh Arabs, near Basra, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Girl in the marshlands  Girl in the marshlands, near Basra, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Boys in the marshlands  Boys in the marshlands, near Basra, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011.
Fast boat in the marshlands  Fast boat in the marshlands near Basra, Iraq. Photo taken in April 20111. Hidden boat in the marshlands  A boat, partly obscured, in the marshlands near Basra, Iraq. Photo taken in April 20111. Girl outside Masjid Ali mosque  Girl outside Masjid Ali mosque, Basra, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. : Iraq, girl Ships on the Shatt Al-Arab  Ships on the Shatt Al-Arab, Basra, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011.
Ship on the Shatt Al-Arab  Ship on the Shatt Al-Arab, Basra, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Girl with football  A girl with football near Masjid Ali mosque, Basra, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Souk in Basra  Souk in Basra, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Young girl in Basra  Young girl in the Shanasheel quarter of Basra, Iraq. The houses here have a distinctive style known as Shanasheel. The area was used mainly by merchants but is now in a state of disrepair. Photo taken in 2011. : Basra, Iraq, Shanasheel, Shenashil, girl
Muddhi  A muddhi (built of reeds) used as a resting point for travellers, near Basra, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Kids at Shenashil Houses  Kids near Basra, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Outside Ezra's Tomb  Outside Ezra's Tomb in Al-Uzair, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011 Metal craftwork  Metal craftsman at work in a souk in Baghdad, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011.
Checkpoint  A security checkpoint in Baghdad, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Girl with balloon  Girl with balloon in Baghdad railway station, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Pilgrims heading for Al Kadhimain Mosque  Pilgrims heading for Al Kadhimain Mosque, Baghdad, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Pilgrims heading for Al Kadhimain Mosque  Pilgrims heading for Al Kadhimain Mosque, Baghdad, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011.
Girl with pilgrims heading for Al Kadhimain Mosque  Pilgrims heading for Al Kadhimain Mosque, Baghdad, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011. Girl with pilgrims heading for Al Kadhimain Mosque  Pilgrims heading for Al Kadhimain Mosque, Baghdad, Iraq. Photo taken in April 2011.