]Quote:- (Henry H. Halley)”Babylon . . was the wonder city of the ancient world. Situated near the garden of Eden region, built around the Tower of Babel . . a favourite residence of Babylonian, Assyrian and Persian kings, even of Alexander the Great . . Babylon was brought to the zenith of it’s glory in the days of Daniel by Nebuchadnezzar, who during his 45 year reign never wearied of building and beautifying palaces and temples.
Ancient historians said Babylon’s wall was 60 miles round, 15 miles on each side, 300 feet high, 80 feet thick, extending 35 feet below ground; built of bricks one foot square and 3-4 inches thick, ¼ mile of clear space between the city and the wall, the wall protected by wide and deep moats filled with water; 250 towers on the walls, 100 gates of brass. The inner wall consisted of two parallel walls each about 20 feet thick, 40 feet apart, with the space between filled with rubble, with a deep, wide moat on the outside. The city was divided by the Euphrates in 2 almost equal parts protected by walls all the way with 25 gates connecting streets and ferry boats; one bridge on stone piers was ½ mile long, 30 feet wide, with drawbridges which were removed at night. . . Nebuchadnezzar’s palace . . it’s vast ruins were uncovered (1899-1912) was protected by massive walls up to 50 feet thick. . . The Hanging Gardens . . on several tiers of arches, one over another, each bearing a solid platform; 400 feet square; terraces and top covered with flowers, shrubs and trees, watered from reservoir at the top, the water raised from the river by hydraulic pumps. Underneath the arches were luxurious apartments, the pleasure ground of the palace. On both sides of the processional street were defensive walls 20 feet thick, adorned with brilliant, many coloured glazed reliefs of lions. The street was paved with stone slabs 3 feet square. After Alexander the Great the city declined. By the time of Christ it’s political and commercial supremacy had gone and in 1st century AD the greater part was in ruins. . . .still uninhabited – a remarkable fulfilment of prophecy. The Empire last 70 years. Daniel was there from it’s rise to it’s fall (under 6 Babylonian kings into the reign of Cyrus of Persia).