Babylon and Kish, Iraq

Photos taken by David Stanley in the ancient Mesopotamian cities of Babylon, Kish, and Borsippa, Iraq.
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In the 1980s Saddam Hussein ordered the reconstruction of much of Babylon, Iraq, and bricks inscribed with his name can still be seen in the walls.

In the Saddam Hussein ordered the reconstruction of much of Babylon, Iraq, and bricks inscribed with his name can still be seen in the walls.

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.

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 ancient Sumerian ziggurat of Borsippa (Birs Nimrud), 15 km southwest of Hillah, Iraq, was once thought to be the ruins of the Tower of Babel.

The ancient Sumerian ziggurat of Borsippa (Birs Nimrud), 15 km southwest of Hillah, Iraq, was once thought to be the ruins of the Tower of Babel.

The famous Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world, may have been here in this area of what is now Iraq.

The famous Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world, may have been here in this area of what is now Iraq.

The ancient Sumerian city of Kish, east of Babylon, Iraq, was occupied from around 5000 BC until the 6th century AD. The King List of early rulers mentions Ku-Baba, a barmaid who reigned here after the great flood.

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.

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 2340-2284 BC) made Kish the capital of the Akkadian Empire.

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 Euphrates River passes the site of Babylon, Iraq. In antiquity the river flowed right through the city.

The Euphrates River passes the site of Babylon, Iraq. In antiquity the river flowed right through the city.

The basalt Lion of Babylon statue at Babylon, Iraq, depicts a lion astride a prisoner. The lion may once have been fitted with a saddle.

The basalt Lion of Babylon statue at Babylon, Iraq, depicts a lion astride a prisoner. The lion may once have been fitted with a saddle.

The Temple of Nin Makh (the Great Lady) at Babylon, Iraq, was reconstructed by the Saddam Hussein regime.

The Temple of Nin Makh (the Great Lady) at Babylon, Iraq, was reconstructed by the Saddam Hussein regime.

The ancient Processional Way next to the rebuilt Palace of Nebuchadnezzar II in Babylon, Iraq, was paved with stone slabs and bitumen.

The ancient Processional Way next to the rebuilt Palace of Nebuchadnezzar II in Babylon, Iraq, was paved with stone slabs and bitumen.


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