Mosul (Arabic: الموصل‎ al-Mawṣil, Maṣlawī Arabic: al-Mōṣul, Assyrian: ܢܝܢܘܐ Ninaweh, Kurdish: Mosul/Ninawa, Turkish: Musul) is a city in Iraq‘s Northwestern region, and is the country’s second largest city by population. Its religious makeup is one of the most diverse in the country.

View of Mosul along the river Tigris.
WARNING: Mosul remains extremely dangerous and is not safe for travelers due to terrorism and armed conflict. All travel to this region should be avoided.
(Information last updated Mar 2019)

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  West Mosul
Located west of the Tigris
  East Mosul
Located east of the Tigris

Bridges across the Tigris have been damaged by airstrikes and refugees are leaving the city in great number. Also watch out for landmines after the conflict. Overland travel is possible, Mosul is along Highway 1 & 2 but can be quite dangerous with sporadic attacks on vehicles travelling along the roads. It will also take a long time due to numerous traffic checks.

As of November 2017, 36.29538943.1480561 Mosul International Airport (OSM  IATA) and the railway network remains closed for traffic. However, daily buses now run from Baghdad.

Map of Mosul

Note: Substantial damage has been done to UNESCO-listed heritage and historic sites throughout Nineveh province by Daesh extremists; much has been looted or destroyed. Do not presume any of the historical treasures listed to be still extant. (April 2015)

Mosul was rich in old historical places and ancient buildings: mosques, castles, churches, monasteries, and schools, many of which have architectural features and decorative work of significance. The town center was dominated by a maze of streets and attractive 19th-century houses. There were old houses here of beauty. The markets were particularly interesting for the mixture of people who jostle there such as Arabs, Kurds, Assyrians, Turcoman, Armenians, Yazidi, Mandeans, Roma and Shabaks.

  • 36.3378543.1395861 Mosul Museum. Used to contain many interesting finds from the ancient sites of the old Assyrian capital cities Nineveh and Nimrud. Most of the collection was spared destruction but as of 2018 it is unclear if the museum will reopen. (updated May 2018)

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