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As ancient as Ziggurats may seem, they can easily be compared to modern day churches and place of worship. Modern day churches are used presently as places where people can worship their god, who is felt to protect and watch over them; highly comparable to the purpose of the ancient Ziggurats. Not only are their purposes analogous, but their appearances can also be similar. For instance, most modern day places of worship have some sort of symbolic representation of their god near or at the very top of the building. This may seem commonplace to most, but perhaps the origin of the influence comes from the ancient architects.
In this paper I am going to delve into some of the history that helped mold this magnificent wonder of gothic architecture into the building it is today. Construction began on the Westminster abbey under the reign of King William II in 1097 and was completed a mere two years later. It was built to express his authority and power and to astonish his countrymen. The hall was the largest of its kind in England (boasting the dimensions 240 X 67 feet and a floor spanning approximately 17,000 square feet), although the king was not pleased with its size (Cescinsky et al., 1922). He thought that it should be bigger and only represented a mere fraction of what he had envisioned.
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