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Shadowed by Conflict
Photograph by Steve McCurry

A U.S. marine guards the National Geographic expedition team at the palace of Nebuchadrezzar II in Babylon. With more than 600 rooms, the palace was the largest built during the Neo-Babylonian period. It has been the focus of many restoration projects since then, including several during Nebuchadrezzar's reign and an excavation in the late 19th century by German archaeologist Robert Koldeway. Saddam Hussein later had the palace restored as a destination for Iraqi tourists using bricks stamped with his name. During the recent conflict several facilities including the Babylon museum, gift shop, and library were looted and partly burned.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 28mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/4

Weather Conditions: Unrecorded
Time of Day: Late afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Available light



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