Projections and Nav Modes
  • Normal View
  • Fisheye View
  • Architectural View
  • Stereographic View
  • Little Planet View
  • Panini View
Click and Drag / QTVR mode
Share this panorama
For Non-Commercial Use Only
This panorama can be embedded into a non-commercial site at no charge. Read more
Do you agree to the Terms & Conditions?
For commercial use, contact us
Embed this Panorama
For Non-Commercial Use Only
For commercial use, contact us
License this Panorama

Enhances advertising, editorial, film, video, TV, Websites, and mobile experiences.



Sandur's Jewish Well

The village of Sandur is located in the desolate mountains of northern part of Iraqi-Kurdistan. Absent from most maps, including Google Earth, travelers have for centuries left clues as to its location. For instance, Henry Aaron Stern, Jewish convert from London who traveled to the area in 1844, wrote that Sandur was about two hours away from Tahook (Dohuk).

Much is known about the Jewish community, which, at one point, is said to have accounted for nearly the entirety of Sandur's population. Today, the only (barely) visible vestige of the Jews is the well pictured here. Long believed to have medicinal properties, imbibing waters from the well, it was said, was particularly good for curing jaundice.

To learn more see:

View More »

Copyright: The Diarna Project
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 13996x6998
Taken: 03/05/2012
Uploaded: 31/05/2013
Updated: 06/04/2015


Tags: kurdistan; iraq; iraqi-kurdistan; judeo-kurdish; kurdistani; jews; jewish; judaism; sundur; sandor
comments powered by Disqus
More About Middle East

Modern civilization began right here in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley. Also known as the Fertile Crescent or Mesopotamia, this is the place where, six thousand years ago, agriculture, writing and mathematics were brought into widespread use.The term "Middle East" comes from the British navy, which used it to describe the countries on the trade route from Europe to India and China. Everything from Afghanistan to Morocco may possibly be classified as "middle eastern", depending on whom you ask -- and when.Only a partial list of past Empires in the middle eastern territory includes Sumeria, Babylonia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Roman Empire!When northern Europe was still lurking about in slimy cold stone castles playing chess, the Middle East was enjoying the flowers of poetry, luxurious craftsmanship, music and literature. In fact, the Renaissance in Europe was partly inspired by stories brought back from the middle east by travelers along the trade route.Strategic location, religious history and the world's largest supply of crude oil have kept the Middle East at the center of world activity for centuries. The saga continues.Text by Steve Smith.