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Nineveh, nin-VAY, נִינְוֵה
Nineveh (Wikipedia)
For other uses, see Nineveh (disambiguation).
"Ninevites" redirects here. For the South African resistance movement, see Umkosi Wezintaba.
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The reconstructed Mashki Gate of Nineveh
Nineveh is located in Iraq
Shown within Iraq
Location Mosul, Nineveh 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 on the outskirts of Mosul 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 BC when, after a bitter period of civil war in Assyria, it was sacked by a coalition of its former subject peoples, the Babylonians, Medes, Chaldeans, Persians, Scythians and Cimmerians. Its ruins are across the river from the modern-day major city of Mosul (which emerged from the 5th century BC Assyrian town of Mépsila), 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.

Large amounts of Assyrian sculpture and other artifacts have been excavated and are now located in museums around the world. Site remains suffered in the 2010s from the occupation of the area by ISIS. Iraqi forces recaptured the area in January 2017.

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