The people of Mesopotamia wanted the homes of the gods to be higher than their own houses.

By the end of the fourth millennium B.C. enormous mud-brick platforms with temple buildings on top were built in Uruk, one of the largest cities in the world. This showed how important the gods were and how long they had been worshipped in the city.

The temples towered above the houses and gardens, and people reached them up stairways. The platforms were often decorated with mosaic or niches.

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