The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the only one of the wonders of the ancient world that no one found

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We have all read or heard something about Babylon, the ancient city located 100 km south of Baghdad, Iraq, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and on the UNESCO list. But we know little about the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Not a pot, not a column, not a brick. No one has ever found physical evidence of this wonder of the ancient world, though tales and works of art have told its story.

As a report published on the Nat Geo website recounts, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon they enjoyed unknown fruits, artificial streams, one-of-a-kind irrigation systems and scented flowers brought from across the sea.

The Legend of the Hanging Gardens

According to legend, the emperor Nebuchadnezzar II built this space for the delight of his wife’s senses, Amytis, who came from a distant land and missed the mountains and greenery of her hometown. Her husband emulated the landscape of her dreams in the middle of the dunes of present-day Iraq.

Where was that little natural paradise? Babylon was one of the most politically and economically active cities in ancient Mesopotamia. These hanging gardens were built around the Nebuchadnezzar II palace, in the form of terraces and green roofs.

A reconstruction reveals how the terraces of the Hanging Gardens, the work of Getty, could be seen.

hanging gardens of babylon

There is a theory that the gardens were not really hanging, but rather suspended in the air. In this way, the terraces of the main ziggurat were outlined by flowers and plants always, maintaining the beautiful green with the water of the Euphrates River, which allowed Mesopotamia to flourish.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were built around 605–c. 561 BC C, but there are no official records of finds or why they disappeared, a “historical mirage” as the World History Encyclopedia calls them. Everything indicates that they were consumed by the desert.

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