Why were the Hanging Gardens built?

The Hanging Garden of Babylon are thought to have been built in the ancient city of Babylon. Even though there is no proof that they actually existed, they are considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

The garden was built by King Nebuchadnezzar in 605 BC. The gardens were built to cheer up Nebuchadnezzar’s home sick wife, Amytis. The land she came from was green, and she found the flat, sun-baked terrain of Mesopotamia depressing.

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The king decided to recreate her homeland by building an artificial mountain with rooftop gardens. So, he created a garden that consisted of vaulted terraces, raised one above another.

The gardens are believed to have been a remarkable feat of engineering: an ascending series of tiered gardens containing all manner of trees, shrubs, and vines. The gardens were said to have looked like a large green mountain constructed of mud bricks.

The terraces rested upon cube-shaped pillars which were hollow and filled with earth. Sadly, all that is left of these spectacular gardens today are the remains of a well, and one or two stones.