archaeological site in Iraq

For other places with the same name, see Babylon (disambiguation).
Travel Warning WARNING: Travel to Iraq is advised against by most governments. Babylon is much safer than the western or central areas of Iraq, but even here it is important to always remain vigilant.
View of the site

Babylon is a world heritage-listed ruin in Iraq, and used to be one of the most prominent cities of Ancient Mesopotamia.


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Map of Babylon

The ruins are outside the town of Hillah, the capital of Babylon Province.

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The replica of the Ishtar Gate.
  • 1 Ishtar Gate. While the original gate was dismantled and reconstructed in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin, this replica is similar in looks but smaller then the original.    
  • 2 Lion of Babylon. Built by the Chaldean Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II (605-562 BC).    
  • Kasr also called Palace or Castle. It is the location of the Neo-Babylonian ziggurat Etemenanki of Nabopolassar and later Nebuchadnezzar and lies in the center of the site.
  • Amran Ibn Ali to the south and the highest of the mounds at 25 meters. It is the site of Esagila, a temple of Marduk which also contained shrines to Ea and Nabu.
  • Homera a reddish colored mound on the west side. Most of the Hellenistic remains are here.
  • Babil in the northern end of the site, about 22 meters in height. It has been extensively subject to brick robbing since ancient times. It held a palace built by Nebuchadnezzar.






There are no hotels at the site itself, but nearby Hillah has several.


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