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Nineveh’s main (or great) inner wall was called Badnigalbilukurašušu ("Wall Whose Brilliance Overwhelms Enemies"). It was constructed by the Neo-Assyrian king Sennacherib after he moved the Assyrian capital to Nineveh. Badnigalbilukurašušu’s superstructure was reportedly raised to a height of 200 courses of brick. The visible remains of the twelve-kilometer-long wall and some of its gates are still visible today.

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wall (of a city), city wall


Akkadian Inscriptions found at Nineveh, Ashur, and Calah dating from 699 to 691 B.C. commemorate one of the Neo-Assyrian king Sennacherib's most ambitious building enterprises: the construction of the city walls of Nineveh. Sennacherib states that the former circumference of the city was 9,300 cubits and that no former Assyrian king before him had built an inner or outer wall for that city; Nineveh's circumference was increased by 12,515 cubits, thereby expanding the length of the city walls to a total of 21,815 cubits. The outer defenses comprised two parts: (1) the main (or great) inner wall Badnigalbilukurašušu and (2) an outer stone wall Badnigerimhuluha. The walls originally had fourteen gates, but the number of gates was later increased to eighteen.

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Jamie Novotny, 'Badnigalbilukurašušu: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2018 <> [accessed: 25 April 2024]

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