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Attraction Choqazanbil Temple (Ziggurat)

Choqazanbil temple (Ziggurat) attractionChoqazanbil is situated at a distance of 45 km. south east of Shoosh, and is the only remnant of an ancient city, that was constructed approximately in 1300 BC. This city which was at the vicinity of 2 km. from Dez river, was known as "Ontashgal". The same is a reminder of the new Elamite civilization. It was surrounded by three interconnected sun brick made ramparts with the main entrance situated in the eastern side of the largest rampart.
The palaces and tombs of the Elamite monarchs are situated between the first and second ramparts. Between the second and the third ramparts, the remnants of the water supply and purification system for city is observed. The water purification system of Choqazanbil was to provide drinking water for citizens which is obviously accounted as one of the most ancient water supply systems. In the center of the third rampart, the main temple (Ziggurat) is placed. This square shaped structure is constructed at the dimensions of 105x105 sq.m. along four main directions.
This temple was constructed by means of millions of bricks, in five floors. At present only two floors have been remained. Except for the first and fifth floors, the rest have been filled with sun baked bricks. The fifth floor which is considered to be the most highest one, was used to be the place where idols were kept., The main idol was called "Inshushinak" which was considered to be the most famous deity of Shoosh city. On the brick walls of the temple, same inscriptions designating the name of the king in the Cuneiform script can be observed which reveals the aim of the monarch in the construction of this temple. Near the temple, on the main ground there are two circular platforms. Some believe this to be a place where sacrifices were carried out, and the other version is that, this was an area for astrology.
The aggregate of this city along with Elamite civilization in the vicinity of Haft Tappeh, was demolished in 640 BC as a result of Assyrian conquests, under the command of 'Ashur Banipal', thence terminating the Elamite jurisdiction after a period of more than a millennium.


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Iran-Archaeology-Choghazanbil: Experts believe that the road to the historical site of Choghazanbil, in Khuzestan province, which was constructed jointly by Khuzestan Roads and Transportation Department and Civil Company, does not comply with the standards. Experts involved in Choghazanbil project contend that in addition to providing a pathway to the monument, the route also links five villages with nearby cities including Shoush and Shoushtar.
They further believe that engineers with Roads and Transportation Department as the executors of the project and Civil Company as the contractor were both negligent in their undertaking and the linking route has been built without adhering to the technical guidelines. tour tourism hotel operation cultural adventure tourism historical

Last year, one of the bridges along the route was collapsed and despite correspondence and applications for repairing the bridge, it has yet been restored completely, experts noted.
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Due to the conditions of the route, the number of visitors to the site has decreased.
Choghazanbil ziggurat is one of the most important monuments from the Elamite rule, which was built at the order of the Elamite King Ontash Gal 3,200 years ago.
The project to restore the monument is currently underway as a joint venture undertaken by Japan and UNESCO.
Choghazanbil ziggurat is one of the unique sites in the world which was registered on UNESCO global cultural heritage list.

Choghazanbil Ziggurat in Shoush Iran

TEHRAN, National Iranian Oil Company has begun drilling operations at a distance of only 500 meters from the historical site of Choghazanbil Ziggurat, Shoush, Khuzestan province without any prior coordination with Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization.
The company has drilled wells of up to 15 meters deep and five centimeters wide with the aim of identifying underground energy reserves in the area. Travel to historical city Shoush. Persian zigurate choghazanbil.
Choghazanbil Base came to learn about the oil company’s activities by chance after three days and, in a letter, has called on it to permit experts to examine the threats which may be posed by drilling operations.
Khuzestan Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department and Choghazanbil Base have called for the complete suspension of operations. iran visa attractions historical travel Persia.
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