Chogha Zanbil is an ancient temple, which was built at the time of Elam (Elamites), around 1250 BC. Chogha Zanbil is a remnant part of the city of Dur Untash, and is located near Shush (ancient city) in Khuzestan province.
This structure is the first historical monument of Iran which was recorded on the UNESCO World Heritage List, in 1979. The international society respect it as an exceptional and global structure. Orientalists believe that Chogha Zanbil is the first religious building in Iran. The Chogha Zanbil is located in the southwest of Iran, inKhuzestan province and in the city of Shush.
This structure is situated 40 km south-east of Shush (ancient city) and 35 km west of the ancient city of Shushtar, but due to its location in the west of the Dez River, which is the border of these two cities, this structure is part of the city of Shush in the divisions of Iran.
Its initial height was 52 meters and it has 5 floors. Today its height is 25 meters and only 2 and half floors of it remains. The foundation of Chogha Zanbil is 105×105 square meters, it means it is twice the football field.