In ancient Sumer, in the center of each town, was
the Ziggurat. The Ziggurat was a temple. The ancient
Sumerians believed that the gods lived in the sky. In order for the gods to hear better, you needed to get closer to them. Ziggurats
were huge and built in steps, with a wide base, narrowing to a flat top.
The Ziggurat was the tallest building in the town.
From its stop, you could see well into the farmlands that surrounded
ceremonies were held on top of the Ziggurat. Each day, people would leave
offerings to the gods of food, cloth, and wine on the steps of the
ziggurat. The priests would collect and use these gifts since they
were the representatives of the gods on earth.
the Ziggurat of Ur
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