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A Mesopotamian temple tower; from the end of the 3rd millennium B.C. on, ziggurats rose in three to seven stages, diminishing in area and often in height square (Sumer) or rectangular (Assyria), built of mud brick and faced with baked brick laid in bitumen.
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Tall colourful temple towers called gopurams dot the city's skyline.
One interesting observation that Adam Hardy makes here is the relationship between the width of temple sanctuaries and the height of temple towers as prescribed numerically in hastas (cubits), though expressed geometrically as the diagonal of a square.
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