See what the biggest cemetery in the world looks like
Iraq's 'Peace Valley' cemetery is roughly 10 square kilometres, contains millions of graves
The world's largest cemetery, in Iraq's Shia holy city of Najaf, is rapidly expanding as the nation's death rate climbs with the war on ISIS.
'Peace Valley' cemetery revered by Shia Muslims.
The Wadi al-Salam cemetery, Arabic for "Peace Valley," has a special place in the hearts of Shia Muslims as it surrounds the mausoleum of their first imam, Ali Bin Abi Talib, a cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad.
Death rate spikes with battle against ISIS.
The pace of burials rose from 80-120 per day to 150-200 per day after ISIS overran a third of the country in 2014, according to Jihad Abu Saybi, a historian of the cemetery.
Cost of burials nearly doubles.
As land becomes scarce, the cost of a standard 25-square-metre family burial lot has risen to about 5 million Iraqi dinars ($5,466 Cdn).
This is almost double the amount paid for the same lots before violence escalated as ISIS exerted control over large swaths of north and western Iraq in 2014.
Residents tend to the graves of their relatives.
Family members of those buried at Peace Valley cemetery often come to wash the graves of their loved ones.
Tombs reflect wealth of the dead.
Often built with baked bricks and plaster, decorated with Qur'anic calligraphy, some graves are underground while others are above-ground tombs, reflecting the wealth of those within.
Fighters visit shrine before heading into battle.
Shia paramilitary often visit Ali Bin Abi Talib's golden-domed shrine before heading to the front lines to battle ISIS.
Those who are killed request to be laid to rest in Wadi al-Salam, as a reward for their sacrifice.
Graves as far as the eye can see.
Millions of graves of different shapes lie in the roughly 10-square-kilometre cemetery that attracts burials from Shias all over the world.