Also called the Esagila, the temple of Marduk was, after the Ziggurat and the royal Palace,
the greatest of the architectural complexes of Babylon. An impression of power
radiated by this massive architecture. Heavily bastionned, built in clay,
with its huge square towers and its crenellated terraces,
the main body constituted the actual temple of Marduk, with an outbuilding attached to the temple.
This view angle from the Euphrates shows better the colossal complex of this temple
and its outbuilding. On the left one notices one of the Processional Ways of Babylon,
the one that goes alongside the houses of the priests of the sacred area.
This way leads to the bridge over the Euphrates.
The Processional Ways
of the enclosure of the temple of Marduk, seen from the entrance.