Citadel of Arbil, Erbil

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#1 of 15 in Historic Sites in Iraq
The World Heritage Site of Citadel of Arbil showcases a historic fortress perched upon a large 'tell', a mound formed by the site being constantly occupied since the ancient times. Excavations show evidence of the citadel’s inhabitation in the 5th millennium BC, and possibly even earlier, in the Neolithic Period. Exploring the maze-like alleys and antique buildings within the citadel’s stone walls, you will discover thousands of years of Erbil’s rich history and cultural heritage, from prehistoric times to the Neo-Assyrian and Ottoman eras. Use our Erbil trip planner to arrange your visit to Citadel of Arbil and other attractions in Erbil.
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  • Beside that this place is amazing and has an awesome view over the city of Erbil, it's really impressive from inside as it is one of the most ancient castles of the world. It hold a lot of brilliant m...  more »
  • I Love this historical place With à fantastic view over Erbil. Great place to visit. Highly recommended.  more »
  • The heart of Erbil city and the historic centre. Should be included in any visit. Good views to be had of the city. Being restored as we speak.  more »

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Running out from the central citadel in concentric circles, the city of Erbil offers a good set of accommodations. As a rule, the farther from the center you get (while still within the city proper), the newer the buildings and the more luxurious the hotels. If you're a real fan of luxury, look to the west of the city center, where impressive modern hotels overlook Sami Abdulrahman Park. If you're looking for something suited to tighter budgets, consider guesthouses and simple, older hotels.
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