Temples were originally built on platforms. During the third millennium B.C., these were made higher and bigger. Eventually it was decided to build even higher temples on platforms which were stepped.

These stepped towers we call ziggurats. By 2000 B.C. mud-brick ziggurats were being constructed in many Sumerian cities. Later, ziggurats were constructed in Babylonian and Assyrian cities.

No one knows for certain why ziggurats were built or how they were used. They are part of temple complexes, so they were probably connected with religion.


Read about ziggurats over time


Explore the ziggurat of Ur


Command your workers to build you a ziggurat

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