The Ishtar Gate, 575 BCE

       The Ishtar Gate, under King Nebuchadnezzar II,was once considered one of the seven wonders of the world until the 6th century A.D. It’ stunningly beautiful blue glazed tiles and reliefs of  lions, bulls, and dragons in yellow, brown, and red glazed tiles. It’s location was in Iraq, what was once called Babylon in Bible times. A smaller reconstruction , front of the gate only, has been built in  Berlin at the Pergamon Museum. It is built from actual material that was excavated by Robert Koldewey and finished in the 1930’s. It stands

  47 feet high and 100 feet wide.

        During the excavation from 1902-1914, 45 feet of the foundation of the gate was uncovered.Parts of the gate and lions from the processional way are scattered at many different museums around the world. Saddam Hussein was having a smaller reproduction built in Iraq as the entrance to museum that was not completed due to damage of the U.S and Iraq war.

        The beauty and ornate nature of this gate and many other architectural works of art from this time period and land are simply breathtaking to me. The time consuming details and complements of colors used are certainly treats for the eye and I think the babylonians had a knack for  this sort of thing. It was most likely that only the King and the very wealthy probably owned such structures, but any passer by could feast on these wonderful works of art.

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