Ankawa

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Ankawa
ܥܢܟܒܐ
Ankawa is located in Iraq
Ankawa
Ankawa
Coordinates: 36°13′45″N 43°59′37″E / 36.22917°N 43.99361°E / 36.22917; 43.99361Coordinates: 36°13′45″N 43°59′37″E / 36.22917°N 43.99361°E / 36.22917; 43.99361
Country Iraq
Governorate Erbil
Municipality Ankawa
Population (2011)
 • Total 30,000
  The town received thousands of Assyrian refugees from Baghdad and Mosul

Ankawa (a.k.a. Ainkawa) (Syriac: ܥܢܟܒܐ, Arabic: عنكاوا‎, ‘ankāwā) is a Assyrian suburb of Erbil.[1] It is sometimes referred to as the "Assyrian Quarter" of Erbil.

Location[edit]

It is located five miles northwest of downtown Erbil.

History[edit]

Ankawa was originally called Beth Amka, which later morphed to Amku-Bad, Amkawa, and finally Ankawa. The name of the town has been mentioned in different historical books, including Bar Hebraeus's book entitled "A Brief History of the Countries," where he states: "Mongolian troops attacked the area of Erbil on Sunday July 1285 and reached some villages.....including Ankawa."

Ankawa has many archaeological sites, including "The Hill," which was recorded as an archaeological site in Iraq in 1945. It is also home to St Joseph's Cathedral, a Chaldean Catholic church.[1]

In 2014, it became a refuge for Christians from central Iraq, who were expelled by ISIS isurgents.[1]

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