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Chogha Zanbil Archaeological Site

Chogha Zanbil

Chogha Zanbil Archaeological Site is an ancient archeological Elamite site situated 42 km  (26 mi) Southwest of Dezful, Khūzestān Province.

 

 

 

Location: 42 km  (26 mi) Southwest of Dezful, Khūzestān Province  Map

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Description of Chogha Zanbil Archaeological Site

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The name of Chogha Zanbil Archaeological Site means "basket mount" after a huge ziggurat that was constructed around 1250 BC by Elamite king Untash- Napirisha. This religious complex was devoted to god Inshushinak, protecting deity of Elamite city of Susa. The whole complex was surrounded by a wall. Unlike other towns it had few residents despite its size. It was more of a religious shrine inhabited by priests, their servants and guards of the temple. The site was destroyed during Assyrian invasion. Their king Ashurbanipal laid Chogha Zanbil to ruins in 640 BC. It was abandoned and fell in disrepair. It was the first historic site in Iran to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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