Facts and Data

Webpages:
Official Unesco Page

Basis Data:
Unesco World heritage since: 2007
Size of heritage: 15,058 ha
- Buffer zone: 31,414 ha

Coordinates:
Longitude: 43,824°
Latitude: 34,341°

About

Samarra Archaeological City is the site of a powerful Islamic capital city that 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 130 km north of Baghdad, the length of the site from north to south is 41.5 km; its width varying from 8 km to 4 km. It testifies to the architectural and artistic innovations that developed there and spread to the other regions of the Islamic world and beyond. The 9th-century Great Mosque and its spiral minaret are among the numerous remarkable architectural monuments of the site, 80% of which remain to be excavated.


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