Babylon, once the world's largest city
Babylon sits in the fertile valley between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the birthplace of a succession of ancient Mesopotamia civilizations in what is now the country of Iraq. Under Saddam Hussein's fateful rule, the ruins at Babylon were partially destroyed by the construction of a palace for Hussein at the site. During the Iraq war, US troops constructed "Camp Alpha" on a portion of the site, to much criticism. Subsequently, the World Monuments Fund and others have been working to protect and restore the site.
By Lee Lawrence
The Christian Science Monitor
December 3, 2016