Ziggurat at Chogha Zanbil, Iran


The ancient  complex of Chogha Zanbil lies in the Khuzestan province of South west Iran. It is one of the few existing ziggurats outside Mesopotamia .Chogha Zanbil became the first Iranian site to be inscribed on the  UNESCO World Heritage Site

It was built about 1250 BCE by the king Untash Naparisha mainly to honour the great god Ishnushinak. It was destroyed in 640 BCE By the Assyrian King Ashurbanipal.

The ziggurat originally measured 105.2 metres (345 ft) on each side and about 53 metres (174 ft) in height, in five levels, and was crowned with a temple. Mud brick was the basic material of the whole ensemble. The ziggurat was given a facing of baked bricks, a number of which have cuneiform characters giving the names of deities in the Elamite and Akkadian languages. Though the ziggurat now stands only 24.75 metres (81.2 ft) high, less than half its estimated original height, its state of preservation is unsurpassed.

The main building materials in Chogha Zanbil were mud bricks and occasionally baked bricks. The monuments were decorated with glazed baked bricks, gypsum and ornaments of faience and glass. Thousands of baked bricks bearing inscriptions with Elamite cuneiform characters were all inscribed by hand.


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