Named as the Islamic Capital of Culture for the year 2012 Najaf is a bustling city with much to see.
At the time of writing, there was civil unrest in Iraq. Please check with your embassy to find out about any warnings and restrictions before you travel.
Top things to see and do
- Be dazzled by the glittering dome of the Imam Ali Mosque. An amazing 7,777 pure gold tiles cover the dome and the two 35 m high minarets are each made of 40,000 gold tiles. The mosque is also home to treasures donated by various sultans.
- Lose yourself in the Souk Elchibeer or grand souk. There you’ll find pottery, spices, worry beads, perfumes and carpet shops.
Tips for travellers
Kufa is just 10 km away from Najaf on the edge of the Euphrates River and home to the second oldest mosque in Iraq.