National Geographic : 1914 Dec
Photo byFrederick Simpich VIEW OF NEDJEF, SHOWING ITS GOLDEN DOME AND THE FLAT-ROOFEDARAB HOUSES This picture was taken from the top of an artificial hill outside the walls. The hill was madebymaterial excavated from "serdabs" in Nedjef. Note absence of windows in the houses, which is also characteristic of old Bagdad. In theforeground isthebrick wall surrounding the city. "In the eventful centuries since the Shias founded Nedjef-on the spot where a nephew of the Prophet Mohammed was slain-it isesti mated that over 25,000,000 Moslems have made the pilgrimage to this mysterious desert city of golden domes, fabulous treasures, and weird rites" (see text, page 589). "More human bodies are buried in the plain outside the walls of Nedjef,itissaid, than inany other one spot on earth" (see text, page 597).