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Trip Planner Middle East  /  Iraq  /  Najaf Province  /  Najaf
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Things to do: historic sites
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world. Considered sacred by Shia Muslims, the city features a shrine to Ali ibn Abi Talib (600-61 CE), cousin and son-in-law to the Prophet Mohammed, and the first Imam after Mohammed, according to Shia belief. Religious trips to Najaf include visits to a central shrine and cemetery--often considered the largest in the world. Long known as a center of Shia learning and theology, the city sustained damage during the reign of Saddam Hussein and his Sunni-majority government, although its reputation as an educational and spiritual center has once again started to grow. In the build up to your vacation in Najaf, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our Iraq trip itinerary builder.
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With the town's main attractions drawing in millions of pilgrims each year, Najaf possesses a decent contingent of accommodations. However, the number and variety remains pretty limited, so make sure to book well in advance. Hotels, ranging from budget options to slightly pricier and well-presented rooms, lie along the main road. The district to the northwest of the airport provides by far the greatest number of lodgings, once again with simple hotels and slightly more luxurious options dominating the choice.
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