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In addition to its 19th century fortifications, the site also contains remains dating back to the Assyrian period.
Located on the Tigris and dating from the 3rd millennium BCE, Ashur was the first capital of the Assyrian Empire and the religious centre of the Assyrians.
The list below contains an image of the site or part of the site; the name as inscribed by UNESCO; the location; the nominating state party; the criteria met by the site, including if it is a cultural, natural or mixed; the area in hectares and acres, excluding any buffer zones, with a value of zero implying that no data is published by UNESCO; the year the site was inscribed; and a description of the site.
The Qal'a of Beni Hammad, the first capital of the Hammadid dynasty, was founded in 1007 and abandoned in 1090.
The site also noted for its extensive frescoes, constituting an important and unique example of early Islamic art.