Babylon bids for world heritage

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Added On January 21, 2015

The city of Babylon is recognized as one of the first civilizations on earth. 

And now, UNESCO and Iraq are seeking to restore the ancient ruin city onto the world heritage list. 
 
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO signed a memorandum of understanding with the Iraqi government and the government of Babil province.
 
Adel Shirhab is the Iraqi Minister of Tourism and Antiquities.
"We have finished our part and prepared a dossier to be sent to UNESCO, and so we met our obligation to prepare this dossier on February 1st."
 
Babylon is the capital of the ancient land of Babylonia, whose remains can be found near the city of Hilla, some 100 km south of Baghdad. 
 
The city was officially recognized as one of the first civilizations on earth. 
 
The site is the remains of a Mesopotamian capital that flourished for centuries. It was home for Nebuchadnezzar, who, legend has it, built the famed Hanging Gardens of Babylon - one of the Seven Wonders of of the ancient world. 
 
However, all that remains of the ancient city is a mound of broken mud-brick buildings and debris... 
 
The city was terribly damaged when the country's former leader Saddam Hussein decided to rebuild Babylon with modern bricks inscribed with his name, right atop the original walls. 
 
Then the 4,000-year-old city became a coalition military base in 2003.
 
The site is now returned to Iraqi control.
 
Several initiatives have been announced to save the ancient city in recent years, but little difference was made.
 
UNESCO aims to make the ancient city onto the World Heritage list, so as to enforce international conventions on protection of the historic site.