Iraq has four World Heritage Sites recognized by the UNESCO as well as eleven additional sites on the tentative list of UNESCO. All of the World Heritage Sites are cultural, which include Ashur (Qal’at Sherqat), Erbil Citadel, Hatra, and Samarra Archaeological City. The tentative list includes Ur, Nimrud, The Ancient City of Nineveh, The Fortress of Al-Ukhaidar, Wasit, Babylon, The Marshlands of Mesopotamia, The Site of Thilkifl, Wadi Al-Salam Cemetery in Najaf, Amedy city, Historical Features of the Tigris River in Baghdad Rusafa. In addition to these sites, there are must-see places to visit in person in Iraq, like the Iraqi Plastic Society which houses numerous art work demonstrating traditional as well as innovative styles of design.
Religious tourism is the most popular type of tourism in Iraq, with tens of millions of tourists from several countries visiting Holy cities and places in Iraq every year. These include:
- Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf, with remains of Adam and Noah According to Shi’a belief.
- Imam Husayn Shrine and his brother Abbas ibn Ali in Abbas ibn Ali Shrine in Karbala.
- Al-Kadhimiya Mosque in Kadhimiya in Baghdad.
- Al-Askari Shrine in Samarra.
- Abu Hanifa’s Shrine in Baghdad.
- Abdul-Qadir Gilani’s Shrine in Baghdad.
- Salman the Persian’s Shrine in Al-Mada’in near Baghdad.
- Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman’s Shrine in Al-Mada’in near Baghdad.
- Kumayl ibn Ziyad’s Shrine in Najaf.
- Hani ibn Urwa, Muslim ibn Aqeel & Mukhtar al-Thaqafi Shrines in Great Mosque of Kufa in Kufa.
- Al-Sahlah Mosque in Kufa.
- Talhah & Zubayr ibn al-Awam Shrines in Basra.
- Zayd ibn Ali Shrine in Babel.
- Hud (prophet) & Saleh in Wadi-us-Salaam Cemetery in Najaf.
- Dhul-Kifl sanctuary in Hilla.
- Jonah & Seth sanctuary in Mousel.
- Uzair sanctuary in Amarah.