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The Ishtar Gate (Persian: دروازه ایشتار‎)(Arabic: بوابة عشتار‎) was the eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon. It was constructed in about 575 BC by order of King Nebuchadnezzar II on the north side of the city. Dedicated to the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, the gate was constructed using glazed brick with alternating rows of bas-relief mušḫuššu (dragons) and aurochs. The roof and doors of the gate were of cedar, according to the dedication plaque. Through the gate ran the Processional Way, which was lined with walls covered in lions on glazed bricks (about 120 of them). Statues of the deities were paraded through the gate and down the Processional Way each year during the New Year's celebration. Originally the gate, being part of the Walls of Babylon, was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the world until, in the 6th century AD, it was replaced by the Lighthouse of Alexandria. Source

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Comments (68)

Zygmunt Borowski on September 10, 2012

Very nice reconstruction of the Ishtar Gate, nice photo. Like!

Best regards, Zygmunt

JO Cervantes D on September 13, 2012

Zygmunt Borowski thanks for your visit and kind comment, it is the original Ishtar Gate, best regards!

Giorgi 1971 on October 8, 2012

Very impressive presentation of this famous gate! A really beautiful photo taken by you in Pergamon Museum. Like + Favourite! Best regards from Georgia. Gio

Mehmet baş on October 23, 2012

Perfect presentation with its explanation of this historic heritage, spectacular shot and view!
like+favorite, warm regards.

Andrey Bogdanov on December 4, 2012

Pleasant view, beautiful gate!

Regards, Andrey

JO Cervantes D on December 4, 2012

I'm glad that you've found it interesting, my friend Giorgi 1971, greetings from Berlin!

JO Cervantes D on December 4, 2012

mehmet baş thanks for your visit and kind words my friend, greetings from Berlin!

JO Cervantes D on December 4, 2012

I'm glad that you liked it Andrey Bogdanov!

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