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Chogha Zanbil is a major monument of the Elamite civilization, which was constructed in the city of Dur Untash . It is located near Susa , the ancient capital of Elam , and was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978.



Built about 1250 BCE under the direction of the Elamite ruler Untash-Gal during the Middle Elamite period (c.15001000 BCE), the complex was dedicated to Inshushinak (Insusinak), the bull-god of Susa . The square base of the ziggurat, 344 feet (105 meters) on each side, was built principally of brick and cement. It now stands 80 feet (24 meters) high, less than half its estimated original height.





The kings palaces and tombs are located between the first and the second fence. The water is located between the first and the second fence. The water of the refinery is provided from Karkheh river. The major temple is located in the center of third fence. The cuneiform bricks are seen on the walls of temple. Choghazanbil was destroyed in 640 BC.

Ruins of Elamite city, dates back to 13th century BC, have been found near the ziggurat. The city was destroyed by order of Ashur Banipal.

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  • Copyright: seyed saeed razavi (saeed) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 55 W: 0 N: 16] (34)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-03-27
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/2.8, 1/5 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-07-17 10:13
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