Assyrian architecture // where it all started

Assyrian architecture | where it all started

The ancient region of Mesopotamia is often called ‘the Cradle of Civilization.’ It is here that we see the earliest form of writing developed along with beautiful art and architecture.

Palace of Sargon // Restoration
Palace of Sargon // Restoration

Mesopotamia was an area that once covered modern-day Iraq and parts of Syria, Turkey, and Iran. Within the region there were several cultures that competed for land and resources.

The Assyrian Empire map // Terri Johnson, Knowledge Quest, Inc.
The Assyrian Empire map // Terri Johnson, Knowledge Quest, Inc.

Assyrian architecture is the Mesopotamian architecture developed under the Assyrian king-emperors of the 9th to 7th centuries B.C. Within city walls strengthened by towers with crenelated battlements, palaces took precedence over religious buildings. Vaulting played a greater role than in southern Mesopotamia and polychrome glazed brickwork showed the influence of Egyptian decoration. — D.K.Ching

Asshur-Izir-Pal Palace, Assyria
Asshur-Izir-Pal Palace, Assyria