The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon – Facts & Fate Unveiled


The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon - Facts & Fate Unveiled

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon was a remarkable feat of engineering near present-day Hillah in Iraq. The list of Seven Wonders of the Ancient World had its name in it. There are numerous unsolved myths and mysteries about the garden.

Any Guesses How The Hanging Garden Of Babylon Looked?

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were a series of tiered gardens. The gardens consisted of mud bricks constructed beautifully and looked like a large green mountain. A variety of trees, vines, and other shrubs could be found there. No Babylonian texts mention the gardens, neither have the archaeologists discovered any evidence in its favor.

The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon - Facts & Fate Unveiled
The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon – Facts & Fate Unveiled

Did You Know?

Whether or not the garden actually existed, the below-mentioned facts have definitely made their rounds across the world.

  1. The myth says that King Nebuchadnezzar built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon for his wife. His wife was homesick for the trees and gardens of her homeland. So, to make her happy, King Nebuchadnezzar gave the order to build this garden.
  2. In the Hanging Gardens, much to our disappointment, the plants did not ‘hang’. They instead grew from different levels which gave the apparent appearance of hanging plants.
  3. Diodorus Siculus, a Greek historian, calculated the width of the gardens as 400×400 feet with a height of almost 80 feet.
  4. Robert Koldewey, a German archaeologist, discovered what Diodorus Siculus had described between 1899 and 1917. He also unearthed three holes at the bottom. These holes were apparently the water suppliers to the garden vide chain pump irrigation system.
  5. Archaeologists have found many clay tablets from the period. Unfortunately, none of these tablets mention the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
  6. If we consider that the garden actually existed, it needed 8200 gallons of water every day.
  7. The word hanging comes from the Greek word ‘kremastos’. These words originally mean ‘overhanging’ which aptly described the appearance of the garden.
  8. Several Greek and Roman writers, however, wrote about the gardens. Their writings consisted of descriptions of why and how the gardens were built. Although, they did not agree on for whom the gardens were built.
  9. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon is the only wonder that may not have existed at all.
  10. Many historians and archaeologists believe that erosion and war were the primary causes of destruction of this wonder. Some also believe that it was earthquakes that gradually eroded one of the beautiful creations of mankind.

Fate Of The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon

Modern-day studies suggest that the archaeologists are unable to find any evidence because they have been searching in the wrong place. As studied by Dr. Stephanie Dalley of Oxford University, the gardens existed in Nineveh. Nineveh is about 350 miles away from the previous search place. During her research, she unearthed a cuneiform prism. Later on, references of the garden were discovered on closer inspection of the prism.

The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon - Facts & Fate Unveiled
The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon – Facts & Fate Unveiled

Many archaeologists believe that the gardens did exist and that natural disasters caused its destruction. On the other hand, the earth should carry pieces of evidence if it actually existed. Dr. Dalley’s theory has led us to a flood of new possibilities. If the Hanging Gardens of Babylon had its name in the wonder list, we cannot deny its existence. Is it only a matter of time that an archaeologist solves the mystery? Or will the mysteries continue to stay in hiding? It is upon us to decide what we choose.

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