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Citadel of Arbil, Erbil

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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. Put Citadel of Arbil and other Erbil attractions into our Erbil tour planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • My tour guide Haval Qaraman took me to the Citadel and we discussed the history of this historic site. It is still under construction as UNESCO are renovating it, but still well worth a visit.  more »
  • I'm a french a guy i decided to travel to iraqi kurdistan and i didn't know if it's safe or not, i was very worried about safety after my researching i found a really good tour guide and i had great t...  more »
  • The Citadel that dominates the city's recovering life after a period of neglect. The restorations are made respecting the existing buildings. Very charming
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Where to stay in Erbil

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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