Shaqlawa - Raban Buya Cave

The cave is located in the foothills of Safeen Mountain near the village of Shaqlawa, about 45 minutes north of Erbil. Muslims call the cave Sheikh Wsu Rahman, while Christians cal

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The cave is located in the foothills of Safeen Mountain near the village of Shaqlawa, about 45 minutes north of Erbil. Muslims call the cave Sheikh Wsu Rahman, while Christians call it Raban Buya.

Shamasha Michael Kusa, author of “The History of Shaqlawa” says the Christian name of the cave comes from a 6th century Christian monk, but many other accounts of the cave's origin also exist. 

 

 

Some claim the Zoroastrians worshipped there, others that a Muslim Sheikh Yousif made it a shrine. Local folklore suggests that a particular rock at the entrance of the cave can cure infertility and grant wishes. To visit, a private taxi may be hired or a public bus in Erbil can be used. Once in Shaqlawa, a sign with local and English writing points the way to the cave, about a 20-30 minute walk.

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