|Time zone||UTC+3 (AST)|
Al-Rusafa or Al-Rasafa (Arabic: ٱلرُّصَافَة \ ٱلرَّصَافَة, romanized: Ar-Ruṣāfah / Ar-Raṣāfah) is one of the nine administrative districts in Baghdad, Iraq, on the eastern side of the River Tigris (on the west side of which is Al-Karkh). It is one of the old quarters of Baghdad, situated in the heart of the city, and is home to a number of public squares housing important monumental artworks.
This district is an older area on the eastern side of Baghdad; its central commercial area, a centre of markets considered one of the four old central business districts of Baghdad (Karkh, Rusafa, Adhamiyah and Kadhimiya). It includes many urban features which have become landmarks including Firdos Square and Liberation Square, the biggest landmark in Baghdad and one of the most visited. It has also been home to a number of monumental artworks including the Monument to the Unknown Soldier (1959–2002) designed by local architect, Rifat Chadirji; a statue of Saddam Hussein (2002–2003) by local sculptor Khalid Ezzat, which was replaced by Freedom by local sculptor Bassem Hamad al-Dawiri, all located in Firdos Square. The Freedom Monument (Nasb al-Hurriyah), a work by architect Rifat Chadirji and sculptor Jawad Saleem is Baghdad's most iconic work, and is situated in Liberation Square. The sculpture of Shahriyar and Scheherazade by sculptor Mohammed Ghani Hikmat, situated on the banks of the Tigris River near Abu Nuwas Street, is another example of Iraqi art featured in the area. Neighbourhoods of Rusafa district include Bab Al-Moatham and Al-Sa'adoon.
Imam Ahmad Bin Hanbal Mosque
|Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal Shrine|
مَسْجِد ٱلْإِمَام أَحْمَد بِن حَنۢبَل
|Region||Middle East / Western Asia|
|Ecclesiastical or organisational status||Mosque and shrine|
|Governing body||Iraqi Sunni Endowment Office|
|Location||Ar-Rusafah, Baghdad, Iraq|
|Date established||Ottoman era|
|Site area||500 m2 (5,400 sq ft)|
The Imam Ahmad Bin Hanbal Shrine (Arabic: مَسْجِد ٱلْإِمَام أَحْمَد بِن حَنۢبَل, romanized: Masjid Al-Imām Aḥmad Bin Ḥanbal) is a mosque in Al-Rusafah that contains the qabr (grave) of Ahmad ibn Hanbal, a Sunni Imam of Fiqh (Jurisprudence). It is managed by the Sunni Endowment Office of Iraq.
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