The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser
"He will raise a signal for a nation from afar
off, and whistle for it from the ends of the earth; and lo, swiftly,
speedily it comes."
Nimrud was the capital of ancient Assyria It was
a famous city in the ancient world that sat on the banks of the
Tigris River. It first became populated in about 2500 BC. Around
1250 BC Shalmaneser I, king of Assyria, mentions himself as the
founder of Nimrud. Assurnasirpal II built great walls and ruled in
Nimrud from 884-859 BC. The later Assyrian kings also ruled in
Nimrud until the latter part of the 8th century BC when the capital
was moved to Khorsabad and then to Nineveh. Nimrud was mainly
abandoned after Assyria's destruction in 612 BC.
The city was about 1 1/4 square miles. There were
temples, palaces, a great ziggurat (140 feet high), and many monuments in the ruins
of ancient Nimrud, many of which were removed and brought to the
British Museum in the 1800's.
One relic records a feast in the palace numbering
Near the great Nabu Temple a gate was discovered
which led to the mighty imperial arsenal of king Shalmaneser III.
Nimrud and some of its kings were mentioned in
the Bible, the famous city mentioned in the Book of Genesis which
was located about 20 miles south of ancient Mosul.
Also See: The Ancient City of Calah
The Black Obelisk
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