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Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

-The Gardens of Babylon was a huge, temple-like garden with exotic trees and waterfalls. The gardens were created around 600 BC by Babylon’s ruler, King Nebuchadnezzar. The king’s wife was homesick of her native land and missed the tropical plants that she used to see. Babylon, now present-day Iran, was desert-like and dry with hardly any green plants. Nebuchadnezzar saw his wife’s longing for her native land and built her the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.


Did it ever exist?Those who think these gardens never existed, side with the fact that this creation does not have any standing proof. It is possible that the Hanging Gardens of Babylon could have been located in another city, Nineveh. “Babylon” means “Gates of the Gods” and was used to also describe Nineveh. These two cities could have easily been confused or mixed up. Historians think that an earthquake destroyed the gardens.

How did the garden recieve water?Another mystery is how the king transported water from the Euphrates River to the Hanging Gardens. Some historians say that the location where it is thought to be is too far from the river to have irrigated water, while others think that the king used a pumping system.

MY POV:Even though those theories may be true, there is also evidence that backs up the existence of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar left several records describing “a luxurious set of gardens he’d built”. Historians have also located ruins near Babylon that could have once been the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The non-believers say that it is nearly impossible for the king to have irrigated water so far, but there is proof that the king accomplished it. Greek historian Diodorus stated that “The war machines raised the water in great abundance from the river to the gardens.” I believe this was how the king watered the garden.



By Lauren Buchwalter

PICTURE SOURCES-http://www.preceptaustin.org/daniel_7_commentary(1).htmhttps://www.pinterest.com/pin/345018021423966749/https://graygreece.wikispaces.com/7+Wonders-+Hanging+Gardens+of+Babylon


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