Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall at sunset

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are another wonder of the ancient world, built by King Nebuchadnezzar about 600 BC. His wife, Amytis, daughter of the king of Medes, was depressed by the brown sun-baked plains of Mesopotamia and longed for the green hills and fragrant plants of her homeland.

A series of tiers were built, with terraces on every level. The gardens probably didn't actually "hang" but the walls were overhung with cascading vines and plants.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are the only ancient wonder that has not been verified through archaeological means. It is thought that the gardens were destroyed by an earthquake in the second century BC.

I wonder if Amytis was comforted by the site of this artificial green mountain rising from the flat plains?