A temple tower of ancient Mesopotamia, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.
[Akkadian ziqqurratu, temple tower, from zaqāru, to build high; see zqr in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
(click for a larger image)ziggurat
the Ziggurat of Ur in a modern rendering
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