The Seven Wonders Selected by the Ancient Greeks When the ancient Greeks decided to select seven wonders from the many impressive structures that had been constructed throughout history, there was a lot of argument about which structures to select. Over the years, many different lists were created. Finally, a list was presented that most Greeks agreed included the seven most wondrous wonders, each a unique achievement.
The Hanging Gardens There was little argument that the Hanging Gardens of Babylon would be included as a world wonder. It was on nearly everyone’s list. The thought of a huge and magnificent garden, towering 300 feet above the desert sands, appealed to the Greeks sense of the incredible.
The Hanging Gardens The Hanging Gardens were supposedly built around 600 BCE, along the banks of the Euphrates River in Babylon . Constructed inside the palace walls, the gardens were built in a series of platforms, or terraces, that created a structure 400 feet long, 400 feet wide, and 380 feet high!
The Hanging Gardens Wandering paths and a series of steps connected the various levels. The gardens were a wonderland of greenery, flowering plants, and waterfalls. That alone would have greatly impressed the ancient Greeks. But a love story was attached to the gardens that made them even more interesting.
The Hanging Gardens It was rumored that the king King Nebuchadnezzar, ordered the gardens built to honor his queen. The queen was homesick for her land in the mountains. The gardens were designed by the king to make his queen feel loved and welcomed in her new land of Babylon.
The Hanging Gardens No one knows if the love story behind the Hanging Gardens of Babylon is true, or if the gardens ever really existed. But it was a great story, and the Greeks loved stories, especially stories about war and love.
The Hanging Gardens To learn more about the Hanging Gardens, see these sites: Nebuchadnezzar Games & Sites to See
Visit the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Great Pyramid at Giza Hanging Gardens of Babylon Statue of Zeus at Olympia Temple of Artemis at Ephesus Mausoleum at Halicarnassus Colossus of Rhodes Lighthouse at Alexandria
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