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Building the Tower of Babel. The Genesis book of the Judeo-Christian Bible states that the Tower of Babel was built in Babylon on the Shinar plain by descendents of Noah. The tower was built in order to reach heaven, the construction of which angered God so He put a stop to it by giving the builders different languages and scattering them around the world. The story, possibly inspired by the fall of the famous temple tower of Etemenanki, was used to explain the ethnic diversity of the world's population. Babel is derived from the Akkadian word bab-ilu, meaning "gate of God". Image taken from a 14th century bible in Germany.
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