Ur-Nammu built ziggurats in the Sumerian cities of Uruk, Eridu and Nippur, but the best preserved is at Ur.


The excavated remains of the ziggurat at Ur.

Each ziggurat was dedicated to the city's most important god or goddess. For example the ziggurat at Ur was the home of the moon god Nanna, while Enki, the god of wisdom and fresh water, lived at Eridu.

Temples in Mesopotamia were given names. The ziggurat at Eridu was called 'Eunir' which means 'House Temple-Tower' while at Nippur the ziggurat was known as 'Eduranki', which means 'House binding Heaven and Earth'.

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