The Christians of Iraq are considered to be one of the oldest continuous Christian communities in the world as it dates back to the apostolic era. According to the Iraqi Christian Foundation, “Iraqi Christians consist of Chaldeans, Syriacs, Armenians, Assyrians, and Arab Christians, with Chaldeans representing the largest group at 80% of the worldwide number of Christians from Iraq.”
After the US-led invasion of 2003, the Christian community had decreased by 83%; from 1.5 million to just 250,000, adding on the Islamic State (ISIS) threat in 2014 that destroyed almost every church and forced more than 125,000 Christians from the north and north-east to be displaced from their historic homelands, places where families have lived for thousands of years.
There’s no argument that the community is close to extinction, therefore, we dedicated this article to treasure Iraq’s oldest organized churches. Please scroll down to check them out.