Hanging Gardens of Babylon, 1679 artwork

Hanging Gardens of Babylon, 1679 artwork

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Caption: Hanging Gardens of Babylon. 17th-century artwork of the terraced gardens said to have been constructed in the city of Babylon in the 6th century BC for a queen of one of the kings. Numerous legends surround these gardens, one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Here, they are called the 'Gardens of Semiramis' (Latin: 'Hortorum Semiramidis'), named after a legendary queen of Babylon. This depiction was drawn by the German Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher (circa 1601-1680) and published in his work on the Tower of Babel (also in Babylon): 'Turris Babel' (1679).

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