The Gate of Ishtar

The Gate of Ishtar

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Handcrafted by the skilled shopkeepers of the famous but noisy Souq Al-Safafeer.

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Handcrafted by the skilled shopkeepers of the famous but noisy Souq Al-Safafeer (cooper smiths market) where young and old men create beautiful pieces of art out of cooper, with usually nothing but a hammer. An art passed down father to son for many centuries in old Baghdad.    


The Ishtar Gate was the eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon. It was constructed in about 575 BCE by order of King Nebuchadnezzar II on the north side of the city.