Nineveh

Nineveh is on the opposite side of the Tigris River to the city of Mosul, Iraq.   Nineveh is most commonly associated with the Biblical story of Jonah and the whale as told in

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Nineveh is on the opposite side of the Tigris River to the city of Mosul, Iraq.

 

Nineveh is most commonly associated with the Biblical story of Jonah and the whale as told in the book of Jonah.[i] It was also spoken about by the prophet Nahum.[ii] This ancient city has been populated on the Tell Kuyunjik since the 7th millennium BC. The Nineveh establishment fell in 612 BC through a battle with the Medes and Babylonians. It continued to be inhabited for another 1000 years, before the rise of Mosul.[iii]

 

Nineveh was the oldest Assyrian city and also the most populated. It was an important trade stop due to its close location to two major trade routes, several valuable waterways, and fertile growing plains. Archeological excavations have revealed the locations of important Assyrian sites including the palace of Sennacherib, the library of Ashurbanipal, temple of Nabu, and the palace of Ashurnasirpal II. Many of the stone reliefs and other artifacts are presently available for viewing in the British Museum.[iv] 

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[i] "Jonah." The Holy Bible - New International Version on Bible Gateway. Retrieved 2014-05-29.

 

[ii] "Nahum." The Holy Bible - New International Version on Bible Gateway. Retrieved 2014-05-29.

 

[iii] "Nineveh (Iraq)." The British Museum. Retrieved 2014-05-29.

 

[iv] "Nineveh." Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2014-05-29.

Because of its close proximity to Mosul, visiting Nineveh is not available to all travelers at this time. Mosul is in the restricted part of Iraq due to war and violence. Once travel restrictions are lifted, it would be an easy afternoon or morning trip from Mosul to the site of Nineveh.

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