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dramama
June 30th, 2008, 03:33 PM
The original city of babylon was build in a little over a year (and it had massive walls and was quite large).....the king had thousands and thousands of people building it....now with modern machinery etc I think a city can be built pretty quick if one sets his mind to it (and has lots of oil money).....

heybales219
June 30th, 2008, 05:49 PM
Yes, those pictures of Dubai are mind-boggling aren't they!?

Silas
July 3rd, 2008, 11:36 AM
5.6m won't go very far

ATYCLB
July 10th, 2008, 08:28 PM
Just a clunky clip I put together showing the location of Babylon,
Saddam's Palace and the ancient ruins.



Journey to Babylon

[YOU TUBE VIDEO]VLDgVf0wkjc[/YOU TUBE VIDEO]

dramama
July 10th, 2008, 08:39 PM
Did you know most of biblical babylon is in a museum in germany?? Whole reconstructions of the city in the original bricks...they had some skills! Thre dimensional bricks formed winged lions and they were blue glazed....saw a program on one of the Christian channels called babylon: past, present, future.....this german museum has tons of stuff from babylon (hmmm...gomer?) and you can't see it in the video clips but huge sections of the city have been rebuilt and many streets etc....the place wage huge and the walls, buildings and gates were enormous.....check the shyow out if you have a chance or can rent it. It had prophecy stuff in it but that was the last part of the show so I didn't get to see if they were off base on anything because I had to go nite nite. But seeing actual ancient babylon was cool....:thumb

european
July 12th, 2008, 01:47 PM
Picture update from Babylon

http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s228/daniel_maco/876108385_fa42dc8568_o.jpg
Ishtar Gate

http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s228/daniel_maco/1767092107_cf2fdc7c1b_o.jpg

http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s228/daniel_maco/1889143173_d14c019c41_o.jpg

http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s228/daniel_maco/1889129841_0b42df1c42_o.jpg

http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s228/daniel_maco/1717394915_a564a7ed82_o.jpg
Palace of Nebuchadnezzar

http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s228/daniel_maco/335519150_d261708bd1_b.jpg
Saddam's palace

http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s228/daniel_maco/1094717305_7f2f75f552_o.jpg

Galoutofdixie
July 16th, 2008, 07:57 PM
Thanks, great pictures! :)

ATYCLB
July 16th, 2008, 08:02 PM
Thanks, great pictures! :)

:nod :thumb

ATYCLB
July 19th, 2008, 10:34 AM
Iraq Launches Itself As the Hot, New Holiday Destination
7-17-08
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23517309-details/Welcome+to+one+of+the+most+dangerous+places+on+ear th:+Iraq+launches+itself+as+the+hot,+new+holiday+d estination/article.do

It is still one of the most dangerous places in the world, but officials are determined to persuade tourists to return to the war-torn country.

If it wasn't for the suicide bombings, shootings and the ever-present threat of kidnap, it would not be a difficult task - Iraq has some of the world's finest archaeological sitesand the holiest places in Islam.

Which is why hundreds of hoteliers and tourism officials are meeting this week to work out how to attract visitors to Baghdad.

ATYCLB
July 19th, 2008, 10:36 AM
Welcome to Iraq, the hot new holiday destination
7-17-08
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/travel/news/article4347211.ece

It has some of the finest archaeological sites in the world and some of the holiest places in Islam - but persuading tourists to visit Iraq has to be one of the toughest jobs around.

Hamood Massam al-Yakoubi, the head of the Iraqi Tourism Board, is confident that as the violence begins to recede, the brave and curious may be enticed to the country. I would like tourists from around the world to visit because there is a lot to see, he says.

As about 200 tourism operators, hoteliers and officials convened this week to discuss the once-booming industry, the recent drop in violence was emboldening them to encourage foreigners to return and restore the heyday of Iraqi tourism.