The Actual Hanging Gardens of Babylon
To illustrate this subject, I chose to question the mystery surrounding the “Hanging Gardens of Babylon”. It is the only Wonder of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Ancient World’ for which we lack any concrete evidence that it actually existed. For a long time, Ancient texts and experts claimed that the Hanging Gardens were built in the Mesopotamian city of Babylon around 600 BC by the Emperor Nebuchadnezzar for his wife Semiramis. Yet, the Gardens’ descriptions gave rise to the idea of a magnificent feat of engineering that still fascinates people today: a luxurious garden in an arid desert an early utopia. Modern archaeologists and historians have scoured the location of the ancient city, but despite extensive excavation, they have been unable to find any physical evidence of the existence of the Gardens. Water is said to have been transported using a similar principle as Archimedes’ screw – a pump that scoops up water in a spiral tube and carries it to the top. Given their size, historians have estimated that the gardens would have needed 8,200 gallons of water a day to water the plants.The pump is widely believed to have been invented by Archimedes in the 3rd Century BC - yet if a similar system was used in the gardens, it would predate the Greek scientist’s life by almost 350 years. home
The Hanging Gardens is the only one of the seven ancient wonders for which the location has not been definitively established Traditionally they were said to have been built in the ancient city of Babylon, near present-day Hillah, Babil province, in Iraq. According to one legend, Nebuchadnezzar II built the Hanging Gardens for his Median wife, Queen Amytis, because she missed the green hills and valleys of her homeland. This etching represent the imaginary vision of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.