One of the great cities of ancient times was the city of
Babylon. Babylon was in southern Mesopotamia near the Persian
The city was a sight to behold. It had huge walls
surrounding it, and in its center was a 300 foot tall Ziggurat.
The city itself was surrounded by fields, irrigated from a network of canals.
To enter the city you passed along Procession Avenue, a
stone road that led between lines of huge brick animals. You then
had to pass through the Ishtar Gate, a massive arched gate decorated
with dragons and bulls.
Once inside the walls, the city itself was very
crowded. Everyone lived inside the city. Farmers did not
live on their farms but here in the city. Merchants, craftsmen,
food vendors all made their homes here. The streets were narrow,
flanked on each side by the three story houses of the inhabitants.
People threw all of their waste and trash into the streets so they were
quite filthy as well. Every so often, the city nobles would cover
the trash and filth with a layer of clay, raising the level of the
streets. People would then build steps down to their doorways or
maybe even cut a new door in the second level and build stairs down to
In the center of the city was the great Ziggurat. Over
300 feet tall, it dominated the city. In addition to the Ziggurat
were the palace of the king. Inside the palace was one of the seven
wonders of the ancient world, the hanging gardens of Babylon.
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