- "I think that if ever a mortal heard the word of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day."
– F. Frankfort Moore
Requires Tradition. ()
The Hanging Gardens - or the Tradition Wonder, as we might dub it in Brave New World - greatly helps the Population growth in this city. This is very valuable in the early game, when population growth is your main means of progress. Keep in mind that it's somewhat competitive, and may not be attainable on Emperor and higher difficulties. Furthermore, the free Garden ignores terrain requirements and can grant the Great Person generation bonus to a large city that could not have had it otherwise.
The Hanging Gardens were a distinctive feature of ancient Babylon. They were a great source of pride to the people, and were often described in accounts written by visitors to the city. Possibly built by King Nebuchadnezzar II in 600 BC, the gardens were an ascending series of tiered platforms (not unlike a ziggurat) constructed of mud bricks and containing all manner of trees, shrubs, and vines. From a distance the gardens were said to look like a large green mountain rising from the center of the city.