German archaeologists working in Iraq, when examining terrorists exploded a mosque in Mosul discovered a well-preserved Palace of the time of the Assyrian Empire.
according to Archaeology News Network, the discovery was made by archaeologists from the University of Heidelberg (Germany). They recently gained access to the ruins of the mosque, which is in the city of Mosul in Northern Iraq in 2014 was blown up by terrorists.
the mosque itself was a monument of history and culture. However, it turned out that it was built on the site of the more ancient monumental buildings. According to the researchers, several thousand years ago it was the Palace of the Assyrian Empire.
So, archaeologists have unearthed the monumental Palace gates, the height of which was several meters. They were equipped with high stone threshold and decorated with the image of a winged bull.
Former room of the Palace eventually became a system of underground tunnels. In them, researchers have discovered a rare archeological treasures. So, they came across the throne room. Its length was about 55 meters.
was Also some bas-reliefs and inscriptions. A transcript of one of them showed that the text mentions the name of the king of Esarhaddon of Assyria (680-669 BC)
it is Known that about 3000 years ago in this district was the city of Nimrud, which was the Royal capital. With the place where the Palace is connected and another legend.
in Fact, because of her militants, rejecting any form of veneration of relics, and blew up the mosque. It is believed that it was built on the hill over the tomb of the biblical prophet Jonah.
“the Palace is partially well preserved, – said the Professor of archaeology, University of Heidelberg Peter Miglus. Extremists did a lot of damage, but thanks to this we were able to get an idea of the Palace.”
Control over the region, Iraqi government forces regained only in 2017. Then it was discovered the tunnels. For their inspection, the authorities and invited the archaeologists from the University of Heidelberg.