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The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Transcript of The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
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http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_long_did_it_take_to_build_the_Hanging_Gardens_of_Babylon The End! Hope you enjoyed it! :) They were said to be very beautiful, and were a sight to see in the ancient world. The Hanging Gardens were an artificial mountain with rooftop gardens. They were built in ancient Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. Unfortunately, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were destroyed in several earthquakes shortly after 2nd century B.C., so we are unable to see them except for the pictures we can see from ancient scholars. These are the ruins of Babylon. We can see the ruins, but the garden has long since been destroyed. The Hanging Gardens served their purpose well, because it pleased Nebuchadnezzar's homesick wife. The problem that the architects faced building the gardens was how to water it. They had many solutions, and one of the solutions to move the water was a "chain pump."
A chain pump is two large wheels, one above the other, connected by a chain. Hanging on the chain are buckets. Below the bottom wheel is a pool with the water source. As the wheel is turned, the buckets dip into the pool and pick up water. Then the chain lifts them to the upper wheel, where the buckets are tipped and dumped into an upper pool. Then the chain carries the empty buckets back down to be refilled.
Then, the pool at the top of the gardens could be released by gates into channels which acted as artificial streams to water the gardens. The pump wheel below was attached to a shaft and a handle. By turning the handle, slaves provided the power to run the contraption. The materials that Nebuchadnezzar's architects used were stone, dirt, seeds for the plants, and a watering mechanism, which used two large wheels, a chain, buckets, and a pool of water. It took about 42 to 43 years to build the gardens. Unfortunately, there are no modern-day replicas of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.