Hidden histories unraveled… Ur’s civilization and Ibraham’s house

Today I arrived home after having a journey back through time. I was in Iraq for two weeks. It took me some time to get a permit from the governor so I can visit these two historical land marks. The place revived the kid in me, it was inspiring how much curious that place made me feel about the Sumerian life and the life of Ibraham himself. Knowing that you are standing in the place where ancient kings stood daily to worship the moon and being inside the hall of the house of a man mentioned in the Torah, Bible and the Quran sent jolts of excitements that revived whatever was sleeping inside me.
And now you will get to see what I have seen myself.
Keep in mind that the last expedition was in 1963.


Witness the Temple of Ur. This place was originally made so that the king Ur-Nammu can get closer to his god, the moon. It used to be two floors higher, but time can decay what is left with no one to attend to its needs.


That’s me walking on the path of the king. That day was really windy so don’t judge me from my hair.


That’s me with my cousin, who is a history enthusiast just like me, he is explaining to me how this place has nothing but mud inside it to hold it together and that the place was protected by a draining system which I’ll be revealing later on.


That’s part of it, but where will it lead??
We’ll find out later.


A. H. Amin Jones


This would be one of two side stairs added to the place. I guess they thought ‘Why settle with only a front stair?’


Me standing right in front of the side wall. As you can see, the place is big, and if wasn’t for time, the place would have been higher.


Remember that draining system added for the rain I was talking about? Well if you just arrived or barely listened then I would suggest you scroll up then go down again so you won’t hurt my feelings, that’s how it goes, rain comes from the heaven ( or for Ur-Nammu’s knowledge, the moon’s tears maybe?), then goes out through what you are witnessing so it won’t hurt the structure that much.


I can’t help it, this place revived the kid within.


Can you dig it?!!


The back wall and an aunt… Wait a second, that’s me!!


I said goodbye with one last picture.


This picture may appear normal somehow, but actually it’s not.
I am standing under the oldest known archway in history. Yes, I know… Mind blowing.


This is what is left from Shulgi’s castle. Time was really aggressive with it, it didn’t stand a chance.


Now this is the tombs of kings, I walked their path, now I’ll get to see where did that path led them to.


This is where Ur-Nammu is lying. In front of us is his tomb and behind me you will find the tombs of the servants. They believed in the afterlife so much that they sealed the servants right there after the king has died, while they were alive, which is similar to ancient Chinese rituals… May they rest in peace.


Me and my two cousins


The king used to lie here.


I couldn’t get a clear picture, too dusty. So forgive me, but I couldn’t get the photos from the inside.


Here is where the poor servants laid to an uncomfortable rest.


Anyone reads Sumerian?? I found this stone while I was looking around.


Now here’s a sight for the sore and mummified eyes. The house of Ibraham.


Ibraham’s crib


I love this one… This is the kitchen with the shelves on the left. Amazing!! Here’s where Ibraham gets his food. Yes!! It is a big deal to me.


This is the rest room.


This is the hall of Ibraham’s house. What is it for? If only I knew.


This is a draining system for the house. I threw a rock and I couldn’t hear anything, it was really deep. As deep as the secrets our world is still concealing from us.
So I hope you enjoyed the little I have shared from our world. As for me, I feel really blessed to be there and to be able to share those places with all of you.

~A. H. Amin



  1. Stephen Liddell · March 2, 2013

    What a great post. I love reading, travelling and writing about the Middle-East and am dearly waiting the time when I can follow in your footsteps to this amazing place. In the meantime, fantastic photos and a great post.

    • ahamin · March 3, 2013

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it.

  2. Mike · March 2, 2013

    Great photographic essay. I’ve read of this amazing place but am unlikely to ever go there – lucky you.

    • ahamin · March 3, 2013

      Thanks! Who knows? Maybe you will get to see it one day.

  3. ketch1714 · March 3, 2013

    A.H. Amin Jones and the Temple of Ur! I love it! All you would need is to add the whip and the hat. 🙂

    OMG, this looks AMAZING!! I honestly don’t even know where to start. Maybe by first saying ‘You’re so freaking lucky!’ What was it like standing at the top of the temple? Was it thrilling? Awe inspiring? I also can’t believe you climbed up that draining system. Must have been fun!

    I’ll admit, I think I would be a little creeped out by the tombs of kings, especially thinking about the slaves being buried alive. I wouldn’t be able to stop putting myself, menially, in their situation and relive their death. Not sure why I’m so sensitive to that kind of thing. The house of Ibraham, on the other hand, would be fascinating to visit! I would have loved to wander the archways, hall, and kitchen!

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

    • ahamin · March 3, 2013

      It was really moving and inspiring.
      The tomb was something, and I regret I didn’t record it on camera because once we went in a flock of pigeons flew right at us. It was like something from the movies.
      I enjoyed it very much and I’m really glad you did too. 🙂

  4. kelihasablog · March 6, 2013

    Oh what fabulous pictures!!! Thank you so much for sharing the beauty when I would not have been able to see it otherwise…

    • ahamin · March 6, 2013

      I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures.
      Thanks, Keli! 🙂

  5. kford2007 · March 15, 2013

    Wow, very, very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

    • ahamin · March 15, 2013

      Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

Place a piece of your mind here

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s