Borsippa has its eye on World Heritage List

“The mosque was built under a cave, where it is said that Prophet Ibrahim was hidden when he was born, after King Nimrod’s clerics and priests had ordered him to be killed, as they thought he would be a danger to the king when he comes of age,” Yasiri said.

The second part of the city is visible 1 kilometer into the flat land — the archaeological hill, where a ziggurat rises 47 meters (154 feet) above the ground. According to Yasiri, “The ziggurat served as a pyre set by King Nimrod to burn the Prophet Ibrahim.”

Hamid Sabar al-Fahdawi, who is interested and versed in archaeology and anthropology, told Al-Monitor, “The ziggurat at the bottom of the tower was the temple of the god Nabu, who was the patron god of the city of Babylon, which is seen as a pagan symbol. On the opposite side, one can see another temple, which serves as the shrine of Prophet Ibrahim, which indicates the multiculturalism of the city’s people.”

The ziggurat is topped by two massive and narrow walls rising 12.5 meters (41 feet) into the sky. According to Fahdawi, “Historical sources confirm that they are the remains of the Tower of Babel (Babylon), which was mentioned in Genesis. It was said that King Nimrod built the tower to fight his god from a high altitude.”

He added, “Regardless of the different interpretations, some people view the Tower of Babylon as a realistic fact. The rest of Borsippa symbols are interpreted the same way, where mythology is mixed with history.


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