Sunday, March 13, 2011

Exhibition in Mumbai on Chogha Zanbil

Chogha-Zanbil is one of the Archeological sites in South-West Iran, in the province of Khuzistan. It was discovered by a French Archeologist, Jacques Jean-Marie de Morgan (1857-1924). This city dates back to 1250 the king Untash-Napirisha after the war with Assyrian king. Its original name was Dur Untash, which means 'town of Untash', but it is unlikely that many people, besides priests and servants, ever lived there.
The complex is protected by three concentric walls which define the main areas of the 'town'. The inner area is wholly taken up with a great ziggurat dedicated to the main god, which was built over an earlier square temple with storage rooms also built by Untash-Napirisha. The middle area holds eleven temples for lesser gods. It is believed that twenty-two temples were originally planned, but the king died before they could be finished, and his successors discontinued the building work. In the outer area are royal palaces, a funerary palace containing five subterranean royal tombs.
This city is constructed by bricks only. There is no use of wood or metal. The young archeologist Seyed Mahdi Razavian, held an exhibition of photographs and replicas of artifacts from 2nd to 4th March 2011, at Iran Culture House, Mumbai. He liked India and its culture and was impressed by Mumbai and Pune cities. Below is the video of a short talk of him.

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