Chogha Zanbil


Chogha Zanbil (literally “basket mound”) is an ancient Elamite temple complex located in the modern-day province of Khuzestan, Iran. It is also known as Dur-Untash (Fortress/City/Town of Untash), Tchogha Zanbil, and Al Untash Napirisha (“Place of Untash Napirisha”) and features the largest ziggurat in the world outside of Mesopotamia and the best preserved.

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  • c. 1400 BCE - c. 1200 BCE
    Era of the Igihalkid Dynasty of the Middle Elamite Period during which the great king Untash Napirisha commissioned the temple complex of Dur Untash (Chogha Zanbil).
  • c. 1250 BCE
    The temple complex Dur Untash (Chogha Zanbil) is built in Elam by the king Untash Napirisha.