Yes Hanging Gardens Existed, Only It Wasn’t Located In Babylon

All of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World are mysterious and intriguing but the most fascinating of all is the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.


We know about them from the brilliant descriptions in ancient Roman and Greek writing but despite much effort, archaeologists have never been able to find any concrete proof of these elusive gardens. There has been much debate about the subject with numerous scholars even doubting they actually existed at all. New evidence has at last come to light thanks to a researcher from Oxford University.

And according to Dr. Stephanie Dalley, who is part of the Oriental Institute at England’s Oxford University as well as an honorary research fellow, the reason no one has found any evidence or remains is because the hanging gardens were not in Babylon after all. The ancient writings paint a beautiful picture of fantastically lush, massive gardens in the middle of the hot, dry area that was ancient Babylon.

The oasis was overflowing with flowers, stone columns and statues, exotic plants and cascading plants reaching 75 feet into the air. The Hanging Gardens were apparently created by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II in the sixth century B.C. The magnificent gardens were a gift for his wife, Amytis. She missed the plants and mountains of her hometown in Media which is the north-western region of what is today Iran.

In order for the garden to exist, it would have required an amazing feat of engineering to supply water. Scientists have theorized that they must have employed a combination of cisterns, water wheels and pumps to transport water from the Euphrates River to irrigate the gardens. The ancient Roman and Greek scripts that we base our understanding of the gardens on were second-hand accounts of the gardens written hundreds of years after they were apparently destroyed.

This resulted in centuries of unsuccessful searches by archaeologists for some proof of the existence of the mysterious gardens. Dr. Dalley is convinced she has found evidence of the Ancient Wonder. She will soon share the story in her book “The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon: An Elusive World Wonder Traced,” which will be released soon. The doctor has spent close to two decades researching the facts and legends surrounding the Hanging Gardens. She believes that our understanding is wrong.

She asserts they were actually built in Nineveh, about 300 miles North of Babylon. Dalley says they were built a century earlier than we thought and not by Nebuchadnezzar II but by the Assyrian king Sennacherib. Soon, we will hopefully know a whole lot more about this fascinating story.