Borsippa has its eye on World Heritage List

Al-Monitor visited the hill with film director Hussein Ali, who is currently making a documentary on the archaeological site as part of the promotional media preparations to add Borsippa to the World Heritage list.

“According to archaeologists, who shared their input in the documentary, the site has very high chances to be inscribed to the list, as all the revamping works done to the city were in accordance to UNESCO standards,” Ali said.

Visitors were swarming to the site for religious and archaeological tourism. Saad al-Husseini, a teacher from Babylon, told Al-Monitor that he was “visiting the site to see the historic monuments that existed during the time of Prophet Ibrahim.”

In fact, most visitors come for religious purposes, visiting the Borsippa hill only to rush to Ibrahim’s temple through the low plain.

It appears that no major excavation work has been done at the site since the work of the first exploration led by German archaeologist Robert Koldewey in 1902. The most recent excavations were carried out in the city in 1990 by an Austrian mission.


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