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Raqqa

Raqqa

Al-Raqqah, also called Raqqa, Ar-Raqqah, Al-Rafiqa, is a city in Syria located on the north bank of the Euphrates River. The modern city traces its history to the Hellenistic period, with the foundation of the city of Nikephorion by the Seleucid king Seleucus I Nicator in the 3rd century BC. The city was the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate between 796 and 809 AD, under the reign of Caliph Harun al-Rashid.

Site Information

Country: Syria

District: Al-Raqqah Governorate

Category: Historic Cities and Regions

Site History: 3rd Century BC

Oldest Culture: Hellenistic

Later Cultures: Roman + Byzantine + Islamic

Site Features: Mixed Monuments


UNESCO Tentative List

Official Name: Raqqa-Ràfiqa: the Abbasid city

Date of Submission: 1999

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