7 Wonders &. Modern Alternative?:  Hanging Gardens of Babylon

This is the only ancient wonder whose exact location has not been established. While some believe they were purely mythical, other sources suggest they were built by King Nebuchadnezzer II around 600BC. The site may have comprised an ascending series of tiered gardens which resembled a large green mountain rising from the centre of ancient Babylon, near present-day Hillah in Iraq. If the gardens did exist at all, they were destroyed soon after the first century AD. 

The modern alternative? Given its location, the Dubai Miracle Garden is an obvious choice. Opened on Valentine’s Day in 2013, it contains over 45 million flowers covering a 72,000m² site, with blooms fashioned into the shapes of hearts, stars, igloos and pyramids. Other options include Kew Gardens, the Keukenhof Gardens, the gardens at Versailles, and those at Villa d’Este in Tivoli, Rome.

Categories: Origin Of Things

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