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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10 sites in this World Heritage

  • Samarra North Zone
  • Samarra Centre Zone
  • Samarra South Zone
  • al-Istablat
  • al-Quwayr
  • Qubbat al-Sulaibiyya
  • al-Ma'shuq
  • Tell Umm al-Sakhr
  • al-Huwaysilat Upper
  • al-Huwaysilat Lower

Samarra North Zone

Samarra Centre Zone

Samarra South Zone

al-Istablat

Qubbat al-Sulaibiyya

al-Ma'shuq

Tell Umm al-Sakhr

al-Huwaysilat Upper

al-Huwaysilat Lower

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DATA

Region
Arab States
Country
Iraq 
Category
Cultural
Name
Samarra Archaeological City
Selection Criteria (?)
(ii)(iii)(iv)
Year of Registered
2007
Keyword
Archaeological Remains, Registered in 2007, World Heritage in Danger