Ten fun facts about Baghdad
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Through the 11th, 12th and 13th century, Baghdad was considered to be the largest city in the world and possibly the first to reach over one million residents.
Baghdad was first the capital of the British Mandate of Mesopotamia from 1920, and then became the capital of the Kingdom of Iraq after 1932.
The largest zoo in the Middle East is the Baghdad Zoo, which once housed 650 animals but was left with 35 after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Because of the its subtropical climate, according to it's maximum temperatures, Baghdad is considered one of the hottest cities in the world.Fact 5
As of 2011, Baghdad was the largest city in Iraq with a population of approximately 7,216,040 people.Fact 6
The city was listed as one of the least hospitable places in the world to live in 2012.Fact 7
The original design of the city was intended to be two large semicircles, but was designed as a circle and was known as the 'Round City'.Fact 8
During the time of the Ottoman era, the city had suffered issues with the plague and cholera, wiping out at least 2/3 of its population.Fact 9
The largest university in Iraq is the University of Baghdad. It is also the second largest in the Arab world.Fact 10
In 2004, a private radio station was created call 'Dijlah', and was Iraq's first independent talk radio station. Click here for more capital facts ❯
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