Nimrud or Kalhu Assyrian Sculptures - Pictures & Images of - { 90 images } Created 19 Feb 2016

Pictures photo pictures of Assyrian artefacts, antiquaries relief sculptures from Nimrud ancient Assyrian city originally known as Kalhu, located 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the city of Mosul, present day Iraq in the Nineveh plains in northern Mesopotamia. The gallery of pictures of Assyria relief sculpture come from the North West Palace of Nimrud or kale dating from 865-860 B.C Archaeological excavations at the site began in 1845, and were conducted at intervals between then and 1879, and then from 1949 onwards. Many important pieces were discovered, with most being moved to museums in Iraq and abroad. The city gained fame when king Ashurnasirpal II (883–859 BC) of the Neo-Assyrian Empire (911–605 BC) made it his capital at the expense of Assur. He built a large palace and temples in the city, which had fallen into a degree of disrepair during the Bronze Age Collapse of the mid-11th to mid-10th centuries BC. Thousands of men worked to build an 8-kilometre-long (5 mi) wall surrounding the city and a grand palace. A grand opening ceremony with festivities and an opulent banquet in 879 BC is described in an inscribed stele discovered during archeological excavations. By 800 BC Nimrud had grown to 75,000 inhabitants making it the largest city in the world

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