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Babylon, Al Hillah

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Babylon was a significant city in ancient Mesopotamia, in the fertile plain between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The city was built upon the Euphrates and divided in equal parts along its left and right banks, with steep embankments to contain the river's seasonal floods. Babylon was originally a small Semitic Akkadian city dating from the period of the Akkadian Empire c. 2300 BC.The town attained independence as part of a small city state with the rise of the First Amorite Babylonian Dynasty in 1894 BC. Claiming to be the successor of the more ancient Sumero-Akkadian city of Eridu, Babylon eclipsed Nippur as the "holy city" of Mesopotamia around the time Amorite king Hammurabi created the first short lived Babylonian Empire in the 18th century BC. Babylon grew and South Mesopotamia came to be known as Babylonia.The empire quickly dissolved after Hammurabi's death and Babylon spent long periods under Assyrian, Kassite and Elamite domination. After being destroyed and then rebuilt by the Assyrians, Babylon became the capital of the Neo-Babylonian Empire from 609 to 539 BC. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After the fall of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, the city came under the rules of the Achaemenid, Seleucid, Parthian, Roman and Sassanid empires.
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  • I ve seen the gate of ishatar back in Berlin but nothing feels like seeing it in Babylon where it belongs, the history, the place, the energy, the architecture are just amazing. A must visit, and take...  more »
  • Redolent with history, the site itself is a strange mix of ruins and the newly restored. I found that the restored palace under Saddam actually looks too new with perfect walls and cement floors. Neve...  more »
  • Impressive ruins, history at every footstep. Go to Berlin to see the original Ishtar gate though. Seems to be so much more to excavate.  more »
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  • It was good but slightly overhyped in my opinion. I couldn't find many of the things advertised like the hanging gardens bit. Overall, I think it may just be fake news.
  • 100% would recommend! I went there and it is beautiful! so glad its still around and that we know exactly where it is!
  • Jessica Hana it's great you mentioned the Bible! LOVE IT!
  • hi homies ive been there hi devon
  • 3000 Yrs of great history in this area... Everyone should get the chance to visit Babylon.