Ninveh

Nineveh Adad gate exterior entrance far2

Synonyms:
Nineveh, nin-VAY, נִינְוֵה
Nineveh (Wikipedia)
Nineveh
ܢܝ݂ܢܘܹܐ
Nineveh mashki gate from west.JPG
The reconstructed Mashki Gate of Nineveh
Nineveh is located in Iraq
Nineveh
Shown within Iraq
LocationMosul, Nineveh Governorate, Iraq
RegionMesopotamia
Coordinates36°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
TypeSettlement
Area7.5 km2 (2.9 sq mi)
History
Abandoned612 BC
EventsBattle of Nineveh (612 BC)

Nineveh (/ˈnɪnɪvə/; Akkadian: 𒌷𒉌𒉡𒀀 URUNI.NU.A Ninua; Syriac: ܢܝܼܢܘܹܐ‎) was an ancient Assyrian city of Upper Mesopotamia, located on the outskirts of Mosul in modern-day northern Iraq. It is located on the eastern bank of the Tigris River, and was the capital of the Neo-Assyrian Empire. Today it is a common name for the half of Mosul which lies on the eastern bank of the Tigris.

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, 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. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) occupied the site during the mid-2010s, during which time they bulldozed several of the monuments there and caused considerable damage to the others. Iraqi forces recaptured the area in January 2017.

Nineveh – Mashki Gate

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