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.
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: Kerkük Kalesi, Nahiyat Hammam, Iraq. Geographic Coordinates:
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Kirkuk Citadel Photos
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Kirkuk Citadel ruins
Kirkuk Citadel ruins and mosque
Photos source: ar.wikipedia.org
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