By Victoria Woollaston
Hanging Gardens of Babylon are one of the Seven Wonders of the World
They were 80ft high and featured elaborate terraces and floating plants
Ancient texts claim they were built in the Iraqi city of Babylon in 600BC
This lead many to believe Babylonian Emperor Nebuchadnezzar built them
Yet closer analysis suggests they were built 350 miles in the Assyrian capital of Nineveh by King Sennacherib
According to ancient texts, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon boasted elaborate terraces, magnificent water features and floating plants.
The decadent grounds are reputed to have been built in the Babylon province of Iraq – yet for centuries no-one has been able to find any physical evidence they existed.
However, according to one expert, closer analysis of these texts – along with clues on display at the British Museum – suggest that this may be because archaeologists have been searching in the wrong place.
For centuries, historians believed the Hanging Gardens were built in Babylon, Iraq by Emperor Nebuchadnezzar. Closer analysis of these ancient texts have led researchers to believe it was actually built 350 miles away in the city of Nineveh, pictured, by Assyrian King Sennacherib
According to Dr Stephanie Dalley from Oxford University, the gardens are actually buried in the ancient city of Nineveh, near modern-day Mosul, 350 miles away in northern Iraq.
Dr Dalley from the university’s Oriental Institute has spent the past 20 years researching the location of the gardens, referred to by some as a myth due to the lack of physical evidence.
They were believed to have been built around 600 BC, although this date was taken from ancient texts written hundreds of years after they were said to have been created.
One text specifically claimed the gardens were built by Babylonian Emperor Nebuchadnezzar in the Babylon province of Iraq for his wife Amyitis.
Yet there was no mention of them in any text written by the Emperor or his wife.
This led Dr Dalley to study these texts more closely and during her research she discovered a prism at the British Museum in London covered in cuneiform writing.