Although there is no direct relationship, it is identical to the contemporary Mesopotamian temples and embodies the ‘oriental’ creed of the union between heaven and earth - the sacred areas on top of reliefs were considered the meeting point between man and divinity. The temple of Monte d'Accoddi (from the archaic kodi, ‘stone’), dating back five thousand years, is a ziqqurat that is unique in Europe due to its singularity of architectural types. It was discovered in the mid-20th century, digging into a small hill that appeared to be ‘artificial’, rising up in the middle of a plain. In fact, it was a pyramid altar covered with earth, perhaps dedicated to a female deity, carved in a granite stele alongside the monument. According to legend, it was built by a prince-priest who had fled from the Middle East. It had one very special feature: the ziqqurat is the temple of the Sun, in turn dedicated to the Moon.