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Ancient Mesopotamia

Ziggurats of Ancient Mesopotamia














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Mesopotamian Ziggurats

Practically all of the great cities of ancient Mesopotamia featured a ziggurat, a temple tower consisting of a lofty pyamidal structure built in successive stages with outside stair cases and a shrine at the top.  Below are listed the many sites in ancient Mesopotamia where ziggurats were located

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Below is a typical rendition of a ziggurat structure.

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This is an overview of the remains of King Untash Napirisha's ziggurat at Chogha Zan
bil, 25 miles S.E. of Susa (circa 1250 B.C.)

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Here are the presnt day remains of a ziggurat at Ur.

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The following images are of the same ziggurat at Ur.

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Below are recreations of activity at the Ur ziggurat in ancient times.

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The following three images are reconstructions of the Marduk precint ziggurat which is claimed to be the Tower of Babel.

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Below is an overview of the ruins of the ziggurat at Ur dedicated to Nammu.

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Here is a view of the NE face of the same image.

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This is a ziggurat at Choga Zenbil photographed y Kaveh Niazi (kniazi@partow.com).

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The three images below are of stairway entrances to different ziggurats.

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Please visit periodically for new images of ziggurats of Ancient Mesopotamia.