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Kirkuk Citadel

Kirkuk Citadel Facts

Kirkuk Citadel, the oldest structure in the city, situated in the heart of Kirkuk on a 40 meter high artificial mound near the Khasa River.

The citadel is the oldest building of the city of Kirkuk.

It is said that King Ashurnasirpal II originally established Kirkuk Citadel during 884-858 B.C. as a military defense post, and King Sluks later erected a fortification of 72 towers across 72 streets.

Visitor Information

The palace houses a mosque with historical and religious tombstones (like Prophet Daniel’s tomb), two domes, three minarets, arches, and a graveyard.

Houses surrounding the citadel were razed by Saddam Hussein in an effort to eradicate the Kurds, but Kurds in the post-Saddam era have plans to restore the citadel and its neighborhood to attract more tourists.

Kirkuk Citadel Map&Location

Kirkuk Citadel address: Kerk√ľk Kalesi, Nahiyat Hammam, Iraq. Geographic Coordinates: 35.470092, 44.395727
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Kirkuk Citadel Photos

Click on the images to enlarge - Photos by Jan Sefti
Kirkuk Citadel ruins
Kirkuk Citadel ruins and mosque
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Kirkuk Citadel entrance
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