Welcome To UR

An Ancient History Awaits

Visit the archaeological site of Ur in Dhi Qar, Iraq

The website has been supported by

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), The European Union (EU), Un Ponte Per (UPP), Humat Dijlah, Dhi Qar Governorate, and the State Board for Heritage and Antiquities (SBAH).

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Discover the ancient Sumerian city

Browse the Virtual Collection online or plan a visit in person!

Discover the Virtual Collection

Discover the Virtual Collection

We've collected many unique objects

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The site of Ur is open and ready to be discovered

About Ur

Located in Southern Iraq, Ur was one of the first cities in human history and as such is of incredible importance to archaeologists, historians, and people all over the world. he great city of Ur, traditional birthplace of the prophet Abraham, and previously sacred to the Sumerian god ‘Sin’, or Babylonian ‘Nanna’, was occupied from around 4,000 BC. It was the centre of one of the Sumerian City States, and excavations conducted between 1922 and 1934 revealed spectacular Sumerian ‘royal’ tombs. There were also long sequences of monumental architecture from succeeding dynasties. The city was sacked and rebuilt many times as its fortunes waxed and waned, and finally abandoned about 500 BC. Its towering ziggurat still dominates the horizon today.

6,000 years of ancient history

Explore the Mesopotamian Ziggurat in Southern Iraq