On Google Maps, You Would Think This Is A Booming City In The Desert. But Zoom In And… OMG.

Monday, January 13, 2014 | |
When you see Wadi us-Salaam, which means “Valley of Peace,” on Google Maps, you’ll have no idea what it is. From a distance, it looks like a bustling, sprawling city in Iraq, full of neighborhoods and office buildings. It covers more than 1,485 acres, which is absolutely massive and a nearly a quarter of the size of a medium-sized US city. However, when you zoom in a little closer, you’ll realize that you were wrong about it being a city. Way wrong.
No, it’s not a city.
It’s a cemetery. The record-breaking graveyard contains millions of bodies, making it one of the largest on earth.
There are more bodies in here than some cities’ populous.
There is a Shiite belief that says souls of all faithful men and women will journey there, no matter where their bodies actually are.

People have been buried in the cemetery for over 1,400 years, resulting in literally millions of bodies there.

During the Iraq war in 2003, fighters in the Iraqi militia frequently used the cemetery to hide in, ambushing enemies. They knew the winding lanes and mausoleums better than anyone else. Since the wars and violence, the graveyard has expanded massively.

If this real-life city of the dead surprised you, share it with others.

Sources: viralnova.com / amusingplanet.com
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