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Irbil (Erbil)

Erbil is said to be the oldest continually inhabited city in the world - along with a few other cities such as Jericho and Damascus..... Deriving from 'arba el' meaning four gods, the citadel is built atop a man made mound as all Semitic people built their shrines to the gods in 'high places'.