Iraq has many ancient cities that will bewilder history buffs. Hatra is one of these. This place is nestled in the Ninawa Governorate in the Al-Jazira region. It is situated northwest of Baghdad and southwest of Mosul. This is said to be a Persian province of the Khvarvaran during the ancient times.
According to historians, Hatra was constructed sometime in the 2nd or 3rd cenutry BC under the rule of the Seleucid Empire. It flourished right after that as a center for religion and trade. The city played a significant role in many historic events including the Second Parthian War. In 1985, it was declared as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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