The ancient city of Amadiya dates back at least to the Assyrian era. Located on a high promontory above a breathtaking landscape and fed by a geothermal spring originating far below the mountain, it was once an almost impenetrable fortress. The city Gate (Bab Zebar) located in the eastern side of the city was built in 500-600 AD. Pass by a 3rd century synagogue in this once important Jewish city.
Amadiya was also a center of Chaldean astrology and astronomy and local tradition holds that the Magi of Christmas fame began their journey from here.
It is truly one of the most fascinating cities the world.