Below, a modern rendering of Babylon. The Ishtar gate is shown at the bottom through which captives were marched. To the right is the Ziggurat and temple of Marduk, Babylon's major god. On the far right is the Euphrates, with the city extending on the far bank of the river. The city possessed two perimeter walls. and a bridge linking the two halves of the city. Contra the Hebrew prophets, Babylon has never been unoccupied. When Koldeway on behalf of the Germans, arrived to excavate Babylon he noted that several villages lay inside the ancient city occupied by Arabs, who had taken the kiln-baked bricks of Nebuchrezzar II and had built homes for themselves. (for the below picture cf. p. 135. "The Glory that was Babylon." Alan Millard. Treasures From Bible Times. Tring, Hertfordshire, England. Lion Publishing plc. 1985. ISBN 0-85648-587-X)
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