Ziggurat of God At

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The ziggurat of the god An in Uruk is one of the oldest known, large monumental buildings in Mesopotamia .


The oldest buildings in the place of the later ziggurat were built from unfired, air-dried mud bricks during the Uruk period . They probably served as a temple complex. With interruptions, further temples were built at this point until the Seleucid period . The White Temple is known from the Uruk period because of its well-preserved walls.

The Seleucid Ziggurat was dedicated to the sky god An , which is why the site and the older construction stages are called Anu Ziggurat. However, it cannot be proven whether the older temples were dedicated to this god.


  • Ricardo Eichmann : Uruk Architektur 1: From then beginnings to the early dynastic period (excavations in Uruk-Warka final reports 14) Verlag Marie Leidorf, Rahden / Westf. 2007.
  • Heinrich , Ernst : Architecture from the early to the New Sumerian period. In: Orthmann , Winfried (ed.): Der Alte Orient . Propylaea Verlag: Berlin, 1985, 131–158 (Propylaea Art History XVIII) - ISBN 3-549-05666-4 .

Individual evidence

  1. Eichmann 2007 §

Coordinates: 31 ° 19 ′ 1 ″  N , 45 ° 38 ′ 6 ″  E