The ruins of the Tower of Babel are believed to be in Borsippa (or Birs Nimrud of ancient times), Iraq. There are found the ruins of a ziggurat, named the “Tongue Tower,” identified in the Talmud and Arabic culture with the Tower of Babel. A ziggurat is a large temple dedicated to the god of a particular city. It is made of mud bricks, shaped in the form of a pyramid with decreasing size from bottom to top. Inside the ziggurat was a room for offerings of food and goods to the respective god. The Tower of Babel was 100m above ground and with 91 m at its base.

 

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A carving of the Tower of Babel was recently found on a stone tablet dating back over 2,500 years and can be seen in a recently published book entitled “Cuneiform Royal Inscriptions and Related Texts” of the SchØyen Collection, a collection owned by a rich Norwegian businessman Martin SchØyen.

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It is always inspiring to know a bit more of Mesopotamia, the oldest known civilization, which embraced several periods: Sumer 3500-2000 BCE, Akkad 2340-180 BCE, Babylonia 830-1500 BCE and again from 650-500 BCE, Assyria 1100-612 BCE, and was largely located in present day Iraq and Syria, between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. This area is often referred to as the Fertile Crescent because the land was so fertile and distributed in an area with the shape of a crescent.

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