Italy in talks with Iraq over restoring ancient city of Ur

Governments of Italy and Iraq in discussionover a possible project to restore the ancient city of Ur in southern Iraq’s Dhi Qar governorate.

image: By Michael Lubinski from Green Bay, WI, USA – Ziggarut of Ur, CC BY-SA 2.0,

… site is marked by a partially restored ziggurat…

Global Construction Review writes:

The discussions were between Khaled Batal Najim, Iraq’s planning minister, and a delegation headed by Maurizio Greganti, Italy’s ambassador to Iraq.

According to a press statement from Iraq’s Ministry of Planning, the two projects were mentioned as officials discussed possible Italian investments in Iraq. The statement did not go into details…

The purpose of the Ur project is presumably to develop the site for tourism. The city was built by the Sumerians around 6,000 years ago and is now about 16km from the modern city of Nasiriyah. The site is marked by a partially restored ziggurat…

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