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From the 700s to the 1200s, Baghdad was an Intellectual Cent
28 4, 11:39am
You can thank Hulagu Khan for that. When he captured the city he pretty much killed everything inside, burned down all the buildings, and threw all the books from the House of Wisdom into the river. It's estimated that between 200,000 - 2,000,000 civilians died during the massacre.
The state of Baghdad is bad in modern times, and it's even worse when you consider how impressive it was in it's hayday. It would be like if someone dropped a nuclear warhead on New York City.