Travel Theme: Wall

Ailsa’s travel theme: walls


The First Babylonian Dynasty was established in 1894 BC.  At its height, Babylon was one of the largest, most important cities of the ancient world. It was located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers

The Ishtar Gate and the wall were dated between 604-506 BC. Both gate and wall were reconstructed in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, 47 feet height and 32 feet width:


Based on the study, the city walls were 11 miles long and had at least eight monumental gates. Here is the model of the eighth gate:


A close look of the glazed stones:




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31 responses

  1. Great entry for the challenge, Amy. That wall must be quite something to see in real life. :)

    January 29, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you Ad! It was, and not something I expected though. It must be an enormous task to reconstruct the wall.

      January 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm

  2. Excellent choice Amy! This museum is high on my list as you know, for the Pergamom alter as well :-)

    January 30, 2013 at 12:56 am

    • Amy

      Hi Madhu, I must say that the reconstruction work they did was massive. Thank you so much for stopping by!

      January 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm

  3. Those stones are amazing!

    January 30, 2013 at 2:53 am

    • Amy

      Glad to hear from you! Appreciate you leaving comment. :)

      January 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm

  4. have walls, will travel Amy! Just perfect for the theme

    January 30, 2013 at 6:41 am

    • Amy

      Thank you so much for your nice comment, Laura! Love these ancient walls. :)

      January 30, 2013 at 12:03 pm

  5. What a great post, Amy. Perfect for the theme, and I loved all the fun facts. My son really wants to go to Berlin. Now I’m thinking I might just have to take him there myself.

    January 30, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    • Amy

      I think you both will enjoy it. I like the hop-on-and-off bus #100 takes you to all the tourist stops. You may like Hackescher Market — fun place to eat, shop… :)

      January 30, 2013 at 7:11 pm

  6. Aaahmazing walls!

    January 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    • Amy

      It took us back to 2,600 year ago… Thank you so much for taking time to view and leaving comment.

      January 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      • Thank YOU for sharing the amazing photographs of places that I would never hear of or see if you had not.

        January 30, 2013 at 7:52 pm

        • Amy

          I appreciate your nice comment, it means a lot to me.

          January 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm

  7. Fabulous photos Amy. Perfect for this travel theme. :)

    January 30, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you for stopping by, LuAnn!

      January 30, 2013 at 7:13 pm

  8. You have been to some wonderful places Amy and I enjoy learning a bit about them. Thanks!

    January 30, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you, Sueann! I always enjoy reading your travel stories. :) Have a great week!

      January 30, 2013 at 7:14 pm

  9. there has been a wall in BERLIN too – divided my mother (east) and me (west) for 40 years!

    January 31, 2013 at 9:09 am

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    • Amy

      Thank you so much for the pingback, Frizz! I’m honored.

      January 31, 2013 at 12:34 pm

  11. hi Amy,
    you inspired me with your Babylonian Walls (featured in Berlin)
    to write about the BERLIN WALL:


    January 31, 2013 at 9:45 am

    • Amy

      Thank you so much for the link, Frizz! the Berlin wall was the symbol of people’s struggle and suffer for freedom. It was very moving to be there honoring these people who lost their lives. 40 years of separation was a long, brutal, and heartbreaking for a mother and son…

      January 31, 2013 at 10:37 am

  12. isn’t it wonderful Amy to be able to stand there and be transported…lucky you…great post and the images are fantastic

    January 31, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    • Amy

      It really was the moment! Happy to hear from you, Jo! Thank you for viewing and leaving comment :)

      January 31, 2013 at 4:03 pm

  13. We lived in Berlin for a while, and one of the high points was a visit to the Pergamon Museum. Thanks for a reminder of how cool the Ishtar Gate is.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you for stopping by! Appreciate your comment.

      January 31, 2013 at 6:31 pm

  14. Fascinating and excellent choice!
    I really appreciate your nice comment on my last posting and your well wishes. Thank you so much!

    January 31, 2013 at 7:20 pm

  15. Ha, I was going to post photos of the Pergamon and Ishtar in my own wall blog, but I had so many entries I had to cut them. I wonder if it would have been as embarrassing as two women wearing the same dress to a party. . . ;o)

    February 7, 2013 at 12:29 am

    • Amy

      Thanks for visiting! Looking forward to seeing your photos of the museum :)

      February 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm

  16. This is impressive and so beautiful… Pity a lot of that patient work is lost in or fast and easy world…

    February 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

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