Jorge Sanchez (Spain):
I was travelling with a group of 5 foreigners, all Spanish. That was the condition to obtain the Iraqi visa in Madrid.
Together with our compulsory guide, Mr. Ahmed, we visited so many historical and wonderful places that today Iraq remains in my memory as a fantastic country, well deserving 1001 Scheherazade tales.
In Ur, the birthplace of the Prophet Abraham, we climbed to the ziggurat and then we were free to walk around the ruins, without any guide. I could not believe it. There were so many rests of pots, plates, dishes, earthenware in general, that any unscrupulous visitor could hide them into the pockets without being caught. There was no control at all at the exit of the site.
The state of the archeological site was really very bad, almost abandoned. I do not know today (I travelled during the year 2002), but I fear that many of those earthenware remains have been stolen.
Date posted: April 2014
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