Ashur

Ashur
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Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat) are the remains of the first capital of the Assyrian empire from the 14th to 9th centuries BC. The Assyrian Empire took its name from the city of Ashur.

Ashur contained a large number of important religious buildings, and a handful of palaces. Documents from the 7th century BCE tell us about 34 temples and 3 palaces. Only few of these have been excavated.

The city was the centre for worship of the god Ashur and the goddess Ishtar/Inanna. Exploration of the site of Assur began in 1898 by German archaeologists.

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Full Name
Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat)
Unesco ID
1130
Country
Iraq
Inscribed
2003 - In Danger
Type
Cultural
Criteria
3 4
Categories
Archaeological site - Near Eastern
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2003 In Danger

Dam proposal; state of war in the country

2003 Inscribed

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