Top sigths of Iraq
Iraq is famous for its important religious centers that attract pilgrims from all over the world. In Najaf, there is an important religious landmark – the Imam Ali Mosque. Many famous Shi'ite imams studied here. During its long history, the mosque was destroyed several times, but every time it was reconstructed thanks to the efforts of local people. According to a legend, the mosque is located in a unique place – the burial site of Noah and Adam. The first mosque appeared here in 977. It was erected to house the tomb of Alī ibn Abī Tālib, the first Shi'ite Imam after Muhammad. The mosque suffered much damage in the past, but it still has its original look. Not only pilgrims from all over the world but also curious tourists visit the mosque these days.