There was once a world. And once, this place was home to the culture that ruled that world. It seemed, then, that it was the whole world, although later it would be revealed that the world was much greater than was then imagined. And here, on this hill, in this city, was a place. A building; in effect a grouping of buildings.
And since the people who built this place and ruled this world wrote a lot about themselves, both in poetry and prose histories, we are able to know what some of those buildings were. We know that some were residences, while others were places of worship. They were on a hill, above the area where business and politics, of all kinds, at all levels of society, were conducted.