Mesopotamian Stylization

Due to scarcity of historical and analytical materials, the main image of Urartian architecture, as an ancestor of Armenian architecture, is associated with an enclosed, plain wall structures recalling a fortress or a Mesopotamian palace. One of the first buildings to use a stylized Urartian design consisted of the museum of Erebuni, housing Urartian art. At later periods, the idea of a plain walled citadel-looking architecture was repeated in several other building designs.


Palace of Sargon II in Khorsabad, 717 BC (ancient Dur-Sharrukin)

Ziggurat of Ur, 21st century B.C.


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