Babylon City

Babylon 400
Babylon walkway lined with lions
Photo by: inyucho, Creative Commons

Once the capital city of ancient Mesopotamia, Babylon is one of the most interesting historical sites in the world today. About 90 miles from Baghdad, you will find that this ancient city has access to what was crucially considered as the life source for the ancient kingdoms, the rivers Tigris and the Euphrates. This is probably why the people of ancient civilizations popularly referred to Babylon as “the gate of God.”

Having survived countless invasions and wars, many of its famed structures have been reduced to rubble, however, the mystery that is Babylon are yet to be unearthed. The famed site that is still eluding many generations of explorers is the hanging gardens of Babylon built by the great ruler Nebuchadnezzar as a representation of his undying love for his wife. It was also during Nebuchadnezzar’s time that Babylon became one of the most beautiful ancient cities in the world.

If you have a passion for discovery and history consider a visit to Babylon. Take in the grand structure, the lion of Babylon and imagine the hundreds of generations that have also gazed upon it at different stages of the city’s existence. You should not miss a visit to Nebuchadnezzar’s southern palace, a walk along the streets of processions and a glimpse of the temples Esagila and Nabushcari. And although the tower of Babel is long gone, you can still make your way to the site where the base of the tower is said to be located so that you can see it yourself.

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