Middle East′s ancient monuments are the most endangered on Earth | Middle East | News and analysis of events in the Arab world | DW

At one time, it was the largest city in the world, thought to be home to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, as well as the legendary Tower of Babel.

But today, the ancient city of Babylon in what is now southern Iraq is falling apart. The city originally founded around 4,300 years ago is a mix of modern and ancient. Now, reconstructed plaster facades, built to replicate the historical originals, are falling off walls and some buildings, once popular with tourists, have become too dangerous to enter.

“Years of groundwater seeping up and then very, very dry summers are causing buildings to collapse,” explained Eleanor Robson, professor of Ancient Middle Eastern History at University College London (UCL), who’s been visiting Iraq’s heritage sites…

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