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structure of Ziggurat of Urnammu at Ur

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The ziggurat was built by King Ur-Nammu who dedicated the great ziggurat of Ur in honour of Nanna/Sîn, in approximately the 21st century BCE.
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The city of Ur was one of the most important Sumerian city states in ancient Mesopotamia during the 3 rd millennium BC. One of best preserved and most spectacular remains of this ancient city is the Great Ziggurat of Ur.
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I'd really love to see some ancient structures one day. haven't made it to those parts of the world yet.
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Since very ancient times, man has tried to get as close as possible to his gods. The people of Southern Mesopotamia and Elam; and later the Americas, did this by building monumental structures that reached upward to heaven to house their gods and to be Temples for their gods worship. {The Pyramids of Egypt are Tombs not Temples}. Though Human bodies are almost always found buried beneath ancient Temple structures, sometimes a great many.

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Steps of the Ziggurat of Ur built by the Neo-Sumerians built in the reign of King Nabonidus 556-539 BC on the rubble of an older Sumerian structure constructed by Sumerian King Ur-Nammu ca. 2100 B.C.

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Over the many thousands of years, successive kings added to the Ziggurat, so that by the time of king Ur-Nammu, thirteen layers of temples had been added; with material from each previous addition, used as a platform for the next; one on top of the other.

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