The World Heritage Site of Erbil Citadel showcases a historic fortress perched upon a large 'tell', a mound formed by the site being constantly occupied since the ancient times. Excavations show evidence of the citadel’s inhabitation in the 5th millennium BC, and possibly even earlier, in the Neolithic Period. Exploring the maze-like alleys and antique buildings within the citadel’s stone walls, you will discover thousands of years of Erbil’s rich history and cultural heritage, from prehistoric times to the Neo-Assyrian and Ottoman eras. Use our Erbil trip planner to arrange your visit to Erbil Citadel and other attractions in Erbil.
Erbil Citadel Reviews
Located in a strict centre, it is absolutely a must! Government is doing a great job in maintaining original buildings and repairing them, so more and more parts of Citadel are opened to visitors... more »
This is the centre piece of Kurdish culture. It is the old town that is exciting; full of trading shops and tea houses. Haggle over all purchases! The citadel is under re-construction, but still... more »
A great place to hang on with friends... You can buy toys pictures dresses from this place Has a lot of outside coffees with great tea.. Fountain is beautiful you can sit with your family in there Parking is available everywhere free and not free...
The Citadel is beautiful; definitely stop by for a visit if you are in Erbil. The souk just in front of the Citadel is also a great spot to visit, and they're are many places around the Citadel where you can stop and have a cup of tea or coffee and watch the world go by
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