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Hist. and Theory of Arch. I 10/5/2009 The Ziggurat of Ur The Ziggurat of Ur is a massive step pyramid with sensational size, splendor and, religious significance that brought the Sumerians closer to the Gods. The series of terraces ascended by three long staircases, then surmounted by a beautiful temple gave this work of art an extreme sense of structure, function and, visual enchantment. The structure and role of The Ziggurat of Ur gave provided the Sumerians with a sense of self-expression and identity. This preeminent symbol of their culture was the Sumerians way of proving their power and persistence against anyone or anything who tried to remove them. The Ziggurat of Ur did serve a functional purpose rather then just stand as a symbol of the community. The pure size and upward reach of the Ziggurat symbolized the Sumerians praise to their Gods and strong devotion to their religion. The primary reason King Urnammu commenced the construction of this formation was to dedicate it to Nannar, the Moon God. The Sumerians believed that Nannar dwelled in the temple that sat atop the soaring staircases and thick terraces. In addition, this building had a myriad of purposes that it served for the community. The Ziggurat served as an administrative center for the Sumerian people. Also, the base of the monument was not
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