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Chogha Zanbil, a temple of the middle-elamic period, foundet by the king Untash-Napirish (1275-1240 bc).

Water was conducted there over a distance of 45 km under the ground, then refined to drinkable quality.

The cigurrate (step-temple) itself used to have a height of 52,5 m and every side a lenght of 105,20 m. It originally had 5 steps, two and a half remained. It is built of unburned bricks. One row of bricks shows inskiptions all around the building. It is the best-preserved mesopotamic cigurrate.

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