Iraq is, unfortunately, in the news again. With all the coverage of the fundamentalist Sunni uprising and the quick fall of large portions of the country to militants, it has become hard to hear the word “Iraq” and not sigh with resignation. It just hasn’t been a good few decades for the cradle of civilization.

But Alawj Media is trying to show Iraq’s other face: stunning architecture, thriving cities, and staggering landscapes. Iraq may be better known for Saddam Hussein, the American occupation, and civil wars, but there’s so much more to it. Give the video a watch.