For centuries, archeologists believed the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, were built in the city, by Iraq by Emperor Nebuchadnezzar in 600 BC, because of the name. Image © wikipedia
Now closer analysis of the ancient texts have led historians to believe that the gardens actually built 350 miles away in the city of Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian empire, also known as ‘New Babylon,’ by Assyrian King Sennacherib.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were 80 ft high and featured elaborate terraces and floating plants.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one whose location has not been definitely established.
Traditionally they were said to have been built in the ancient city of Babylon, near present-day Hillah, Babil province, in Iraq. The Babylonian priest Berossus, writing in about 290 BC and quoted later by Josephus, attributed the gardens to the Neo-Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II, who ruled between 605 and 562 BC. There are no extant Babylonian texts which mention the gardens, and no definitive archaeological evidence has been found in Babylon.
One legend says that the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were created by Emperor Nebuchadnezzar II, the king of Babylon, for the Persian wife, Queen Amytis, because she missed the green hills and valleys of her homeland. Emperor Nebuchadnezzar II also built a grand palace that came to be known as ‘The Marvel of the Mankind’ or (‘Al A’akheed vach altira’av chad’) .
Because of the lack of evidence it has been suggested that the Hanging Gardens are purely legendary, and the descriptions found in ancient Greek and Roman writers.