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The Temple of Nin Makh (the Great Lady) at Babylon, Iraq, was reconstructed by the Saddam Hussein regime.

The Temple of Nin Makh (the Great Lady) at Babylon, Iraq, was reconstructed by the Saddam Hussein regime.

Detail from the wall of the inner city of Babylon. It was constructed in about 575 BC by order of King Nebuchadnezzar II. In view at the Pergamom Museum in Berlin. Photo: Vidura Barrios

Detail from the wall of the inner city of Babylon. It was constructed in about 575 BC by order of King Nebuchadnezzar II. In view at the Pergamom Museum in Berlin.

Officer conducts 2 Judeans to the King. Detail of the Assyrian conquest of the Jewish fortified town of Lachish (battle 701 BCE). Part of a relief from the palace of Sennacherib at Niniveh, Mesopotamia (Iraq)  British Museum

Assur Relief, Officer conducts 2 Judeans to the King. Detail of the Assyrian conquest of the Jewish fortified town of Lachish (battle 701 BCE). Part of a relief from the palace of Sennacherib at Niniveh, Mesopotamia (Iraq) now in British Museum, London

The ancient Processional Way next to the rebuilt Palace of Nebuchadnezzar II in Babylon, Iraq, was paved with stone slabs and bitumen.

The ancient Processional Way next to the rebuilt Palace of Nebuchadnezzar II in Babylon, Iraq, was paved with stone slabs and bitumen.

In the early 20th century German archaeologists transported the original Ishtar Gate from Babylon, Iraq, to a Berlin museum. In the 1980s the Saddam Hussein regime reconstructed this two-thirds size replica at the entrance to the site.

In the early century German archaeologists transported the original Ishtar Gate from Babylon, Iraq, to a Berlin museum. In the the Saddam Hussein regime reconstructed this two-thirds size replica at the entrance to the site.

The famous Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world, may have been here in this area of what is now Iraq.

The famous Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world, may have been here in this area of what is now Iraq.