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It was constructed by French archaeologist Jacques de Morgan in the late 1890s, as a secure base for archaeological exploration and excavation. The structure was built by local craftsmen with bricks taken from Darius' palace and the Elamite Chogha Zanbil ziggurat. It is now used as a museum.

The square building measures 109 m on each side, the central room is 58 m per side and the porticoes are 20 m deep. The columns stand on square bases in the central hall and on round bases in the porticoes. The doors have been located through the site of the stone blocks in which the door sockets were fixed; one door on three sides, but two doors on the south side.

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