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Step Gate of the Palace

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jamie Novotny
Contributors: Jeffrey Becker
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Last modified Feb 09, 2018 01:55 PM History
Nineveh's western wall had seven (or eight) gates: the Step Gate of the Palace was the second gate from the northern city wall. The Neo-Assyrian king Sennacherib constructed it sometime between 694 and 691 B.C. and he gave it the Akkadian ceremonial name Libūr-ēpissa, which means "May Its Builder Endure." The gate is still unlocated, but, based on its everyday name Akkadian name mušlālum ša ēkalli ("Step Gate of the Palace"), it must have led up to Sennacherib's Palace on the citadel, perhaps up to the harem or its northern section.

36.358005, 43.149093

unlocated, gate (of a city), city gate


The gate is mentioned in an Akkadian inscription of the Neo-Assyrian king Sennacherib dating to 691 B.C. and, therefore, must have been built sometime between mid-694 and early 691. In that text, the Step Gate of the Palace is the second gate of the western stretch of wall; the gates are listed from north to south.

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Jamie Novotny, and Jeffrey Becker, 'Step Gate of the Palace: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2018 <> [accessed: 24 February 2024]

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