The New International Encyclopædia/Hillah

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HIL'LAH, or HEL'LA. The capital of a sanjak in the Vilayet of Bagdad, Asiatic Turkey, situated on the Euphrates, not far from the ruins of Babylon, from which most of its building material has been taken (Map: Turkey in Asia, L 6). It is rather poorly built, but has a large number of mosques, and is a stopping-place for pilgrim caravans on the way to the holy cities of Meshhed-Ali and Meshhed-Hussein. It has some manufactures of cotton goods and woolen mantles. The population is estimated at about 10,000, largely Arabs.