A former palace of Saddam Hussein stands atop a hill overlooking Babylon, Iraq. Other famous rulers of Babylon include Hammurabi, who created the world's first code of law in 1700 BC, and Alexander the Great, who was married and died here.
The largest ziggurat of the ancient Sumerian city of Kish, 21 km east of the ruins of Babylon, Iraq, towers above the Mesopotamian plain. King Sargon (circa BC) made Kish the capital of the Akkadian Empire.
The ancient Sumerian city of Kish, east of Babylon, Iraq, was occupied from around 5000 BC until the century AD. The King List of early rulers mentions Ku-Baba, a barmaid who reigned here after the great flood.
In the early century German archaeologists transported the original Ishtar Gate from Babylon, Iraq, to a Berlin museum. In the the Saddam Hussein regime reconstructed this two-thirds size replica at the entrance to the site.