Al-Qurnah

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al-Qurnah
Arabic: القرنة
Village
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Coordinates: 31°0′57″N 47°25′50″E / 31.01583°N 47.43056°E / 31.01583; 47.43056Coordinates: 31°0′57″N 47°25′50″E / 31.01583°N 47.43056°E / 31.01583; 47.43056
Country Iraq
Governorate muhafazat (Arabic: محافظة‎) Basra Governorate (Arabic: البصرة‎)
Elevation[1] 16 ft (4 m)
Population (2004)[1]
 • Total 13,237 in 7 km radius
  Approximate figures
Time zone GMT +3 (UTC+3)
 • Summer (DST) +4 (UTC)

Al-Qurnah (Qurna) is a small town in southern Iraq about 74 km northwest of Basra, within the town of Nahairat.[2] Qurna (Arabic for connection/joint) is located at the confluence point of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers join to form the Shatt al-Arab.[2] The folklore holds Qurna to have been the site of the Garden of Eden. An ancient jujube tree (recently dead) is locally celebrated and shown to the tourist as the actual Tree of Knowledge noted in the Bible

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There is the small Qurna Tourist Hotel built during Saddam Hussein's dictatorship in order to encourage tourism for the region, however it is most likely not in use now.[3] As of the start of the Iraq War in 2003, conditions at the site were reportedly woeful.[4] Cracked pavement and bullet holes along with the poor condition of the tree itself made future tourism seem out of the question.[5] However, photographic evidence seen below and a certain amount of western presence has made it a viable tourist destination once again.[2]

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