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NINEVEH AND NIMRUD PALACES

NINEVEH AND NIMRUD PALACES
near Mosul, Iraq
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BACKGROUND

More than 2,700 years ago, two Assyrian kings, Sennacherib (704-681 B.C.) and Assurnasirpal II (883-859 B.C.), recorded their successful military campaigns on the walls of their palaces at the ancient sites of Nineveh and nearby Nimrud. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

WMF and the Getty Conservation Institute, in collaboration with the Iraqi Ministry of Culture and the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, in coordination with UNESCO, created the Iraq Cultural Heritage Conservation Initiative to address the damages and threats to ancient monuments in Iraq as a result of the 2003 war.

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WHY IT MATTERS

The palaces of Sennacherib at Nineveh and Assurnasirpal II at Nimrud are vestiges of the political, cultural, and artistic height of the Assyrian Empire. The remains of these palaces, the only Assyrian palaces left preserved and decorated with reliefs, are now protected against vandals and function as site museums where visitors can appreciate ancient wall reliefs in their original setting.

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