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Nineveh is a ruin in Iraq.

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  • Kuyunjik - The ruin mound rises about 20 metres above the surrounding plain of the ancient city. Today, there is little evidence of these old excavations other than weathered pits and earth piles.
  • Nebi Yunus is the second ruin mound at Nineveh

The ruins of Nineveh are surrounded by the remains of a massive stone and mudbrick wall dating from about 700 BC.

  • Maki Gate or Gate of the Watering Places, was perhaps used to take livestock to water from the River Tigris which currently flows about 1.5 kilometres to the west. It has been reconstructed in fortified mudbrick to the height of the top of the vaulted passageway.
  • Nergal Gate was named for the god Nergal, it may have been used for some ceremonial purpose, as it is the only known gate flanked by stone sculptures of winged bull-men (lamassu). It was reconstructed in the mid 20th century.
  • Adad Gate named after the god Adad.
  • Shamash Gate named after the god Shamash, It is the only gate with such a significant projection. The mound of its remains towers above the surrounding terrain. Its size and design suggest it was the most important gate in Neo-Assyrian times. The mudbrick reconstruction in 1960's has deteriorated significantly.
  • Halzi Gate

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