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Chogha Zanbil (Persian: چغازنبیل‎); Elamite: Dur Untash) is an ancient Elamite complex in the Khuzestan province of Iran. Chogha in Bakhtiari means hill. It is one of the few existent ziggurats outside of Mesopotamia. It lies approximately 42 km (26 mi) south-southwest of Dezfoul, 30 km (19 mi) west of Susa and 80 km (50 mi) north of Ahvaz.

Choga Zambil means 'basket mound. It was built about 1250 BC by the king Untash-Napirisha, mainly to honor the great god Inshushinak. Its original name was Dur Untash, which means 'town of Untash', but it is unlikely that many people, besides priests and servants, ever lived there. The complex is protected by three concentric walls which define the main areas of the 'town'. The inner area is wholly taken up with a great ziggurat dedicated to the main god, which was built over an earlier square temple with storage rooms also built by Untash-Napirisha. The middle area holds eleven temples for lesser gods. It is believed that twenty-two temples were originally planned, but the king died before they could be finished, and his successors discontinued the building work. In the outer area are royal palaces, a funerary palace containing five subterranean ...see more royal tombs.

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Apadana Palace

Apadana Palace

Apadana palaces Shush’s apadana palace was built in darius period,about 515 years to 521 bc and by his command on Elamite remnant. The walls of this palace is made of adobe with brick façade and it’s pillars are of rocks. It’s interior walls are covered with glazed brick and it has immo...

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Chogha Zanbil

Chogha Zanbil

Chogha Zanbil (Persian: چغازنبیل‎); Elamite: Dur Untash) is an ancient Elamite complex in the Khuzestan province of Iran. Chogha in Bakhtiari means hill. It is one of the few existent ziggurats outside of Mesopotamia. It lies approximately 42 km (26 mi) south-southwest of Dezfoul, 30 km...

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Shoosh castle

Shoosh castle

Ancient Shoosh castle which is one of the remaining traces of Qajar era , is located in the Talaghani Street of Shoosh city in Khuzestan province. Shoosh castle which is called French's castle was built in 1897 , on top of the Shoosh city. It was built of Daryosh palace's bricks and als...

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Tomb of Danial Nabi

Tomb of Danial...

Tomb of Daniel Nabi is located at the east Beach of Shavoor River and in front of Arg hill. Tomb's building has two yards. There is a stair on the conical dome. This shape of dome is so common in this region. There is a shrine in this tomb and a grave with yellow stones without any text...

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Karkhe protected area

Karkhe protect...

We can mention national park and Karkheh protected area as one of the beautiful and virgin regions of Khuzestan. Karkheh protected area has Mahori hill on north side and a plain part on south side. Karkheh River is running through this region. This meandering river is running toward sou...

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khamat village

khamat village

Khamat is the name of a village which is one the villages of central part environ of Shoosh Daniel Township. This village has dry climate. Khamat village has undivided residential context .Surrounding farm, date and pomegranate trees give a special glory to this village. Ceilings of old...

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Ancient area of haft tappe

Ancient area o...

There are many ancient buildings near Khamat village. We can mention ancient area of Haft Tappe as one of these ancient buildings. Ancient area of Haft Tappe consists of remains of a city and a big community of Elam era which has many hills and also has an antiquity of 3500 years. One o...

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Haft Tape (Seven Hills) Museum

Haft Tape (Sev...

Building of this museum consists of display halls, library, laboratory, computer center and some other rooms. Discovered things of Haft Tappe: mud inscriptions, seals and their traces, earthenware dishes, coffins , stony stuffs ,earthenware effigies ,muddy Sardis, metal stuffs, muddy pa...

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