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Ctesiphon, Tisfoun

تیسفون ، مدائن

Ancient city, central Mesopotamia.Located on the Tigris River, southeast of modern Baghdad, Iraq, it was first a Greek army camp opposite the Hellenistic city of Seleucia. It was the capital of Parthia in the 2nd century B.C. Destroyed by the Romans in the 1st century AD, it was resettled by the Persian Sassanid dynasty in the 3rd century. The Arabs conquered the city in 637 but abandoned it by 763 in favour of a new city, Baghdad. The site is famous for the remains of a gigantic vaulted hall, the Ṭaghe-Kasra, which has one of the largest single-span brick arches in the world.

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Sassanid Tisfun Taghekasra. Tisfun rose to prominence during the Parthian Empire in the 1st century BC, and was the seat of government for most of its rulers. Tisfun Palace 1909. Taghekasra (The arch of Kasra) is the only visible remains of the historical city of Tisfun, as the great arch  located in what is now the Iraqi town of Salman Pak. Silhouette of a Chariot running towards Tisfun Palace.Tisfun was a major military objective for the leaders of the Roman Empire in their eastern wars. The city was captured by Rome five times in its history Ctesiphon's Taghe-Kasra was ancient city, in central Mesopotamia the of capital the Parthian Empire. After being destroyed by the Romans in the 1st century AD, it was resettled by the Sassanid Empire in 3rd century unti it was conquered by Arabs in 637.
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