Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital city is a welcoming destination. Its richness, in terms of culture and diversity, sets it apart, and as a hub of commerce it continues to grow.
Ancient history identifies Erbil as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on Earth, with some writings claiming it can be traced back as far as 8,000 years.
Nowadays, the Citadel of Erbil is the beating heart of the city—a large mound occupied for thousands of years that was once a hub of Christianity in the region. The Citadel fell on hard times after the occupation of the Mongols in 1258 and was all but forgotten in the centuries that passed. However, in 2007, Erbil set out to restore the Citadel to its former glory, establishing the High Commission for Erbil Citadel Revitalization. In 2014, it was made a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Its dominance on the skyline of the city is something of a wonder, capturing the true essence of Erbil. The 32 meter high cylindrical structure fits poetically in the middle of the spiraling outer suburbs, uninterrupted by all else below.
Today, Erbil’s illustrious history is well documented throughout the city. In the same year the Citadel was honored by Unesco, Erbil as a whole was labeled the Arab Tourism Capital by the Arab Council of Tourism.
Its sweeping streets, landmarks, and museums offer a great amount of history to travelers and a safe and friendly insight into an area of the world that has been troubled for many years.
You’ll find a wide range of great places to eat and drink in Erbil, all at reasonable prices. A person can become happily lost in this timeless and beautiful city.