The Hanging Gardens
The gardens that Nebuchadnezzar made for his wife have
been accounted in many lists as one of the seven wonders
of the world. The other part of ancient Bablyon that
made it on the list were its incredible walls.
The ancient ruins of this famous city lie about 50 miles
to the south west of Bagdad in Iraq.
hanging gardens of Babylon were a present to Nebuchadnezzar's
wife that contained exotic plants and animals which
were imported from all over the world.
the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar had conquered and controlled
virtually all of the then known world and he made use
of these conquests in furnishing his garden with decor
which made it become one of the seven wonders of the world.
Ancient Greek historians, Strabo and Philo, gave us these description of the hanging
gardens of Babylon:
"The Garden is quadrangular, and each side is four plethra long. It consists of arched vaults which are located on checkered cube-like foundations.. The ascent of the uppermost terrace-roofs is made by a stairway..."
"The Hanging Garden has plants cultivated above ground level, and the roots of the trees are embedded in an upper terrace rather than in the earth. The whole mass is supported on stone columns... Streams of water emerging from elevated sources flow down sloping channels... These waters irrigate the whole garden saturating the roots of plants and keeping the whole area moist. Hence the grass is permanently green and the leaves of trees grow firmly attached to supple branches... This is a work of art of royal luxury and its most striking feature is that the labor of cultivation is suspended above the heads of the spectators."
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