Overall view on historical ancient complex Chogha Zanbil during sunrise.
Chogha Zanbil (Elamite: Dur Untash) is an ancient Elamite complex in the Khuzestan province of Iran. The place is located about 30km soth-east of Susa and is one of only few existant ziggurats outside of Mesopotamia.
Chogha in Bakhtiari means hill. Choga Zanbil means â€žbasket moundâ€ś.
It was built about 1250 BC by the king Untash-Napirisha.
The whole complex was built from mud bricks or occasionally baked bricks and was dedicated to Inshushinak (Insusinak), the bull-god of Susa.
Chogha Zanbil became the first Iranian site to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List .