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The Assyrian Quarter Jan 15, 2014
After visiting the Syriac Heritage Museum, I decided to take a walk in the surrounding suburb of Ainkawa (sometimes transliterated as Ankawa or Enkawa), a predominantly Christian neighbourhood home to many churches and a large Assyrian community. Since the rise of ISIS in late 2014, the suburb has seen an influx of Christian refugees from the Nineveh Plains, but in January of that year, all was quiet. Many of the churches still had decorations up for Christmas, but unfortunately none of them were open for a quick look inside.

Ainkawa is known for something else too...alcohol. Being a Christian area, attitudes towards alcohol are much more liberal, and so this is the place to come for bars and restaurants serving beer and wine. I noticed a lot of upmarket cafes too, serving expensive Italian style coffee. I guess this is the nightlife area of Erbil. There is a lot of highrise development here, which must have changed the feel of the place quite quickly...the cathedral is now dwarfed by modern hotels, office blocks and shopping malls.
Church in Ainkawa
Church in Ainkawa
A blurry shot of the cathedral at …
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