Mesopotamian Cities and Sites

If you’re looking to explore ancient Mesopotamian cities and Mesopotamian sites and want to find the best places to view the history of Ancient Mesopotamia then you can explore our interactive Mesopotamian cities map above or navigate further by using the links below.

From Babylon to Persepolis and beyond, there’s a great selection of ancient Mesopotamian sites which you can still visit today, and you can find some fantastic Mesopotamian cities to see on your trips.

Once you’ve explored the list of ancient Mesopotamian places and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring Ancient Mesopotamian cities and sites.

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Ancient Mesopotamia: Site Index

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Babylon

Babylon is one of the most famous cities of the ancient mesopotamian world and today can be found near the town of Al-Hillah in modern-day Iraq.

The ancient metropolis of Babylon is one of the most famous cities of the ancient world and today can be found near the town of Al-Hillah in modern-day Iraq. Founded almost five thousand years ago, the city on the Euphrates has seen empires rise and fall and has been the centre... Read More

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Hattusha

Hattusha is one of Turkey’s great ruins of the capitals of the Hittite Empire and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is one of the most interesting ancient mesopotamian cities.

Hattusha (also known as Hattusa or Hattuşa) is one of Turkey’s great ruins of capitals of the Hittite Empire and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Hittite Empire reached its peak in the second millennium BC, most prominently in the thirteenth century BC, at which time much of... Read More

Pasargadae

Amongst the most historically significant ancient mesopotamian cities, Pasargadae was the first capital of the Persian Empire, the UNESCO-listed ruins of which are located in Iran.

Pasargadae was the capital of the Persian Empire from the sixth century BC until it was conquered by the Macedonians led by Alexander the Great in 330 BC. Now a town in Iran, Pasargadae was established by the first ruler of the Achaemenid Dynasty, Cyrus the Great. Amongst the sites still... Read More

Persepolis

Ranking among the most famous ancient mesopotamian cities, Persepolis was the latter capital of the ancient Persian Empire and today contains the ruins of many ancient buildings and monuments.

Persepolis was the ancient capital of the Persian Empire during the Achaemenid era. Founded by Darius I around 515BC, the city stood as a magnificent monument to the vast power of Persian kings. Persepolis remained the centre of Persian power until the fall of the Persian Empire to Alexander the Great.... Read More

Qatna Archaeological Park

Qatna Archaeological Park houses the ruins of what was the thriving ancient Mesopotamian city of Qatna. One of the lesser-known Ancient Mesopotamian sites.

Qatna Archaeological Park in Tell Mishrifeh in Syria houses the ruins of what was the thriving ancient Mesopotamian city of Qatna. Known to have first been occupied in the third millennium BC, Qatna’s location on an important commercial and political crossroad connecting it to both the Mitanni empire and the... Read More

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Tchogha Zanbil

Tchogha Zanbil is home to the impressive remains of the ancient city of Dur Untash, the holy capital of the Elamite Kingdom.

Tchogha Zanbil is home to the impressive remains of the ancient city of Dur Untash, the holy capital of the Elamite Kingdom. Located between Anshan and Suse, the city of Tchogha Zanbil would have been founded in 1250BC by King Untash-Napirisha. It would finally be abandoned in 640BC, following a devastating... Read More

Tomb of Cyrus the Great

The Tomb of Cyrus the Great is located in the former Persian capital of Pasargadae, now a UNESCO-listed town in Iran. One of the most unique Ancient Mesopotamian sites.

The Tomb of Cyrus the Great is located in the former Persian capital of Pasargadae, now a UNESCO-listed town in Iran. Cyrus the Great, also known as Cyrus II, founded the Achaemenid Dynasty in the sixth century BC and with it the capital, Pasargadae. The Achaemenid Dynasty was vitally important,... Read More