The Istar Gate

The Istar gate was built (according to Wikipedia) by Nebuchadnezzar about 575 BCE. It is one of nine gates that were in the walls of Babylon. Excavation of the gate and its removal to Berlin was done in the early 20th century. It is in The Pergamum Museum in East Berlin. The gate is about 45 feet tall. A replica of the gate was built by Sadaam Hussein. There are pictures of that reconstruction here. Sadaam's reconstruction has been severely by occupation forces in the recent gulf wars. The width of the walls that encompassed the city can be judged by approximating the width of the gate. The walls had housed built on the extremes and the middle lane was wide enough so that a chariot drawn by four horses could turn around. The Ishtar gate was considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world until the 30's of the 20th century when it was by thelight huse at Alexandria.
1.First View of the gate at Pergamum
2.Another view at Pergamum
3. Pergamum Museum with people
4. Detail of an original Lion
5. Sadaam's Gate 1
6. Sadaam's Gate 2
7 A drawing of the city locating the gate
8. Dedication Inscription of Ishtar Gate