The ancient city of Baghdad, the capital city of modern day Iraq, was a relatively minor settlement in the Middle East until the 8th century AD, when it became a capital of the Abbasid dynasty, an early Islamic empire. Founded by Mansur between AD 750-775, some of Baghdad's treasures include the Khorsabad Gate and the Abbasid Palace.
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Also Known As: Madinatu s-Salam