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Visiting Al Kadhimiya Mosque in Baghdad
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Baghdad is the capital city of Iraq. It is the most important part of Iraq administration, economic arena, cultural richness, and tourism. The city holds several mosques, famous squares, crowded markets, and popular museums. Out of all the mosques present in the city, the Al-Kadhimiya Mosque is the most important shrine in the city. Al- Kadhimiya Mosque is a holy and sacred place located in the northern side of Kadhimiya district, Baghdad. The backdrop of the serene Tigris river makes the place more alluring and pious. The mosque is a prominent tourist attraction, attracting thousands of tourists from across the globe. It contains tombs of some eminent personalities of Iraq which makes it eminent. So come and explore the rich history of Iraq that resides inside the mosque.

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The Tombs

The Tombs

Al-Kadhimiya is a sacred place for the locals as well as the tourists as it contains the tombs of seventh Shia'I Imam Musa Al-Kadhim and the ninth Shia'I Imam Muhammad al-Jawad. People have huge respect for the Caliphs which makes this mosque a tourist destination. Inside the mosque, you can also find the tombs of renowned historical scholars, Shaikh Mufid and Shaikh Nasir ad-Din at-Tusi. The mausoleum is framed on three sides by tarimahs. Tarimah Quraysh is the western tarimah. Eastern tarimah will grab your attention at first sight as it holds a ceiling decorated with epigraphical texts and the southern covered with mirror mosaics will make you fall in love with its charm. The area near the tombs began to be inhabited by the locals who were firm believers of the two Imams. People began to reside around the place to protect the two shrines and giving lodging facilities to the tourists.

The Structure

The Structure

In the present time the building comprises of an enclosure that houses the burial chambers of the two Imams and a beautiful mosque. The entrance to the mosque is huge and magnificent. It features two gilded and fascinating bright domes carved on circular drums. Four striking minarets coated with gold also form a part of the entrance. As you move inside the place, you can see four small gold plated minarets. The gold plated gate of the shrine will entice you with its beauty. Galleries and cloisters of the mosque have beautiful interiors owing to the magnificent display with ceramic tiles. These ceramic tiles are carved and designed with beautiful geometric patterns and foliage engravings. Kufic verses decorate the tiles with their beauty. The entire area is decorated with extraordinary mirror work and precious metalwork of gold and silver.

Insider Tips

How to Get Tickets?

There is no entrance fee, so you don't need to bother about booking tickets.

How To Get Around?

Explore the place on foot conveniently.

What Should I Wear?

Wear clothes which cover a maximum portion of your body. Try pairing your slacks or jeans with a full-sleeved shirt. Go for flowy pants with a blouse. Men should wear jeans, or trousers with a formal shirt. Carry a full abaya and also a niqab with you. Choose footwear that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed all day long. Flat slippers, flip-flops, and slip-on will serve your purpose. Carry a bag with you to safeguard your cash and credit cards.

Facts

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the place is from April through June. Though this is the peak time for tourism in the city and the place remains crowded, it is the weather conditions that make it perfect to make the best out of your visit.

Currency

The currency is Iraqi Dinar.

Will I Need a Guide?

No, you don't need a guide as this website is a perfect guide for you.

How To Get There?

You can reach Baghdad via a plane, bus, or a drive along the well-paved highways. Baghdad International Airport is the main airport of the city. It has connecting flights to all the major countries of the world.

Additional Info

Mobile phones are not allowed inside the attraction. You cannot carry a camera inside. Clothes should be decent.

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