Ancient Ecbatana [Biblical Achmetha] (Modern Hamadan) in Iran
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Ancient Ecbatana [Biblical Achmetha] (Modern Hamadan)

Ecbatana is now modern Hamadan and it was known in scriptural records as Achmetha. It was the early capital of the Medes and later the summer capital of Cyrus the Great of Persia. Ancient writers say the city had seven walls, each of a different color, and that the inner wall was covered with gold. Semiramis, an Assyrian queen, built a gorgeous palace here in 800 BC. In 546 BC Cyrus conquered Lydia and brought Croesus and his wealth to Ecbatana. The modern city of Hamadan is built over the mound of ancient Ecbatana, making it all but impossible to excavate the ruins of this fabulously wealthy capital city ......

Golden rhyton from 
Ecbatana (LIVIUS)

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6:2 And there was found at Achmetha in the palace that is in the province
of the Medes a roll, and therein was a record thus written .....

Read About the Decree of Darius Found at Achmetha:
Ezra 6:1-12 (King James Version) [Bible Study Tools Net]

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A trilingual inscription in the Persian, Susian (Elamite), and Old Babylonian
languages by Artaxerxes Mnemon, King of Persia from 405 to 362 BC. It was
carved on the face of two rocks of some two meters in height on the Alvand
Mountain 5 kilometers west of Hamadan .....

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