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Iraq, Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat)

 Posted by , last edited on December 11, 2013 at 05:24:45

Location Governorate of Salah ad Din, Iraq
Coordinates N35 27 32.004 E43 15 34.992
Property 70 ha
Date of Inscription 2003

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1130 )

The ancient city of Ashur is located on the Tigris River in northern Mesopotamia in a specific geo-ecological zone, at the borderline between rain-fed and irrigation agriculture. The city dates back to the 3rd millennium BC. From the 14th to the 9th centuries BC it was the first capital of the Assyrian Empire, a city-state and trading platform of international importance. It also served as the religious capital of the Assyrians, associated with the god Ashur. The city was destroyed by the Babylonians, but revived during the Parthian period in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD.

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