GUILLAUD, Hubert, OKADA, Yasuyoshi, VATANDOUST, Abdolrasool, 2003. Chogha Zanbil. Paris : UNESCO. 40 p.
For over three thousand years, the Elamite holy city of Dur Untash, today known as Chogha Zanbil, has stood in magnificent isolation on an immense plateau in the present-day Khuzistan province of southwestern Iran.
Although Chogha Zanbil is situated in the region of the famous ancient capital of Susa, this extraordinary site has only revealed its secrets to archaeologists in recent times.
The research and excavation work carried out in the course of the last 70 yeras have brougght to light a city of exceptional historical and architectural value.
Chogha Zanbil is considered the finest surviving testimony to the once-great Elamite civilization. In addition, the spectacular centerpiece of the complex is the world’s largest ziggurat and the last remaining one in Iran. Chogha Zanbil was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979, and in 1998 UNESCO launched a large-scale conservation project.
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