What are the best Babylonian Sites to Visit?
Babylon was one of the most famous cities of the ancient world and today its remains can be found near the town of Al-Hillah in modern-day Iraq. Founded almost five thousand years ago on the Euphrates river, the city saw empires rise and fall and was the centre of the highest forms of culture and the most brutal wars and devastation. The ruins of Babylon have suffered greatly due to looting and destructive policies, leaving little behind that captures the glory of the once-great city. Saddam Hussein also built a ‘new’ version of ancient Babylon over the site. Of Babylon’s ancient ruins, it is still possible to see parts of Nebuchadnezzar's palace and some of the old city walls.
The Pergamon Museum in Berlin displays extensive collection of Babylonian artefacts. The largest collection at the museum is that of its ancient near east collection, which covers around six thousand years of history. From reconstructions of Babylonian monuments such as the Ishtar Gate, the facade of the throne hall of King Nebuchadnezzar II and the Tower of Babel to ninth millennium BC reliefs from the Assyrian palace of Kalchu, this is a fascinating exhibit.