Erbil Citadel on UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List
Susan Martin of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) visits Erbil Citadel. The site is located dramatically on top of an artificial, 32-meters high earthen mound, and visually dominating the expansive modern city of Erbil in Kurdistan. The Citadel is believed to have been in continuous existence for 7000 years or even more. In order to preserve and enhance this unique historic town the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) established the High Commission for Erbil Citadel Revitalization (HCECR) in 2007. An official agreement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was signed in September 2007 to advise the Commission on this project and to prepare a "Conservation Master Plan" for the Citadel.