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Ruins of Hanging Garden,Babylon,Iraq 6/1983

Babylon (as published in 1982 by the Iraq Government): Some 90 kilometres to the south of modern Bagdhad lie the ruins of ancient Babylon, the original name of which, "bab-ili", may be translated as "the Gate of the Gods". For the world at large Babylon ranks as one of the most famous cities of antiquity, renowned alike for its refinement, beauty and magnificence. As a centre of culture and government it flourished for about fifteen centuries, from the arrival of the Amorites ca. 1850 B.C. down to Alexander the Great, who died there in 322 B.C. One of the best known of the city's early rulers was the great law-giver, Hammurabi (1792-1750 B.C.). Babylon, Iraq,On the bank of river Euphrates , 4000 years ago,an ancient settlement become the most magnificent city in the east; the Babylon City. The Assyrians destroyed the city in 689 BC.In 612 BC the Babylonians conquered the Assyrians and rebuilt their city. King Nebuchadnezzar (605-562 BC) built the hanging Gardens for his wife ( one of the seven wonders of the world). Babylon, the legendary city, is indeed, the most famous ancient city in the whole World. It was the capital of ten Mesopotamian dynasties starting with the dynasty of King Hammurabi (1792-1750 BC); the 6th king of the 1st dynasty; reaching prominence as the capital city of the great kingdom of Babylonia. The last dynasty at which Babylon achieved its zenith, is well known particularly of its 2nd king, Nebuchadnezzar II (605-563 BC), to whom most of Babylon's existing buildings belongs.
In classical times the city walls of Babylon were spoken of with admiration and astonishment, while her "Hanging Gardens" were accounted one of the Seven Wonders of the World. During the reign of Nebuchadnezzar II (605-563 B.C.) Babylon was extensively re-built on an altogether magnificent scale, the city becoming at this period both the most beautiful and the most prosperous of the ancient world. it is bisected from north to south by the river Euphrates.

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  • Uploaded on September 17, 2008
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    by F. Zaman
    • Camera: Canon CanoScan 4400F