Amadiya: another home of the Biblical Magi?

In northern Iraq just southeast of Mosel, stands the flat mountain city of Amadiya.  Once again, there are legends that place the ‘Three Wisemen’ here at the time of the birth of Christ.

U.S. Soldiers Take Part in Kurdish Labor Day CelebrationIn ancient times, the city was known as Amedi and fell under all the great empires of the region: the Achaemenids, the Seleucids, the Assyrians, the Romans, the Parthians and the Sassanids.

From time immortal, the region was home to Magi as most of what is now Iraq and Iran was.  But, as stated before, this was home to not just any Magi but THE Magi of the Biblical infancy narrative.  For eons, this city was only accessible by a stairway cut into the cliff rocks.  This made it a strategic place for keeping watch over any kingdom.  Here you can find ruins of ancient Assyria, as well as a historical mosque and church.


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