Jorge Sanchez (Spain):
In the times of Saddam Hussein, you could reach any part of Iraq without any control.
I was travelling with a small group of Spaniards; that was the condition to obtain the visa in Iraqi Embassy, Madrid. We had a guide in our entire itinerary. It was the year 2002.
The last days in that fascinating country we drove to the north and stayed two nights in a hotel in Mosul, in Kurdistan, not far from Erbil.
One of the excursions based in Mosul was to Nineveh, then Nimrud, and the next day we visited Christian Nestorian monasteries close to Erbil, and also the holy places of the Yazidis.
The Nestorian Monastery of St. Matte was located on a hill called Maqloub. Inside we could talk with the prior, and were guided to the Monastery premises and to its library.
The churches in that area were Chaldean Catholic and Assyrians, although we knew them as Nestorian.
In Nemrud we spent several hours studying the rests of the city. Many sculptures showed a decent state of preservation.
Date posted: April 2014
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