The Sunken Gardens – Tranquility for the Shell-Shocked

The path leading down into the gardens.

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…” And the Garden of Eden! Remember that story? The garden was beautiful. Adam was weak. Eve was curious. And the Serpent was beguiling. God created a perfect garden for Adam and Eve. But they didn’t maintain it too well and got kicked to the curb. Ever since then, kings and queens, and the rich and humble alike have attempted to recreate that perfect lost paradise.

King Nebuchadnezzar II built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon – one of the seven wonders of the ancient world – for his wife, homesick for the green mountains of her distant homeland. There’s debate over their actual existence, but archaeological digs near Babylon have unearthed massive mud brick arches, which many scholars believe are the foundations of the famous gardens. The jury’s out on this.

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A lady in an antebellum dress standing on one of the many bridges that once crossed the little brook that ran through the gardens. Back Bay is in the background. The snap was taken sometime in the 1950s, I think. Let me know if you have any snaps of the old gardens. Kind regards, Anthony

A postcard of the gardens.