Nineveh, nin-VAY, נִינְוֵה
Nineveh (Wikipedia)
For other uses, see Nineveh (disambiguation).
Nineveh mashki gate from west.JPG
The reconstructed Mashki Gate of Nineveh
Nineveh is located in Iraq
Shown within Iraq
Location Mosul, Ninawa Governorate, Iraq
Region Mesopotamia
Coordinates 36°21′34″N 43°09′10″E / 36.35944°N 43.15278°E / 36.35944; 43.15278Coordinates: 36°21′34″N 43°09′10″E / 36.35944°N 43.15278°E / 36.35944; 43.15278
Type Settlement
Area 7.5 km2 (2.9 sq mi)
Abandoned 612 BC
Events Battle of Nineveh (612 BC)

Nineveh (/ˈnɪnɪvə/ or /ˈnɪnəvə/; Akkadian: Ninua) was an ancient Assyrian city of Upper Mesopotamia, located in modern-day northern Iraq; it is on the eastern bank of the Tigris River, and was the capital of the Neo-Assyrian Empire.

It was the largest city in the world for some fifty years until the year 612 BCE when, after a bitter period of civil war in Assyria itself, it was sacked by an unusual coalition of former enemies, the Babylonians and the Chaldeans.  Its ruins are across the river from the modern-day major city of Mosul, in the Ninawa Governorate of Iraq. The two main tells, or mound-ruins, within the walls are Kouyunjik (Kuyuncuk), the Northern Palace, and Tell Nabī Yūnus.

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