Kalhu, Tiglath-pileser's royal residence city. The Assyrian king Assurnasirpal II (r. 883-859 BC) moved his court to Kalhu (modern Nimrud), a city which served as Assyria's administrative centre and main royal residence until Sargon II (721-705 BC) founded Dur-Šarruken.

Dur-Šarruken, the "Fortress of Sargon". In 706 BC, Sargon II (721-705 BC) moved the royal court and central administration to a new location: Dur-Šarruken was the realisation of the ideal city that he and his architects had created on the drawing board.

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