- "The ascent to the highest story is by stairs, and at their side are water engines, by means of which persons, appointed expressly for the purpose, are continually employed in raising water from the Euphrates into the garden."
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Strategy[edit | edit source]
One of the earliest Wonders in the game, the Hanging Gardens are not generally worth the time and effort. While the Population growth bonus is good in and of itself, its worth is a bit wasted if your cities have Housing problems, which are quite common in practice. The +2 Housing bonus is helpful to the city that builds the Hanging Gardens, but since they do not provide any other bonus yields, you may want to forgo building them unless you have multiple cities that can support the additional Population. The civilizations that can make optimal use of this Wonder are the ones with bonuses or infrastructure that provide Housing early in the game, most notably the Indians (Stepwell), the Kongolese (Mbanza), and the Maya (Farms).
When playing in the Heroes & Legends game mode, this Wonder is slightly more worth building, as it prolongs the Lifespan of all Heroes that you earn. It is especially useful for Heroes that are used for conquest and militaristic purposes, but not so much for Heroes who rely on their powerful Charge-based abilities more than their prowess on the battlefield. It is also worth noting that 10% longer Lifespan means 5 more turns for Sun Wukong, 4 more turns for Himiko, and only 3 more turns for anyone else, so it may not be worth investing in a Wonder that is largely useless otherwise unless you know you can pull off miracles on those extra turns. This extra Lifespan seems even more pointless when you consider that summoning or recalling a Hero in a city with a Shrine grants the same bonus.
Civilopedia entry[edit | edit source]
The Hanging Gardens may not have even existed, much less been a “wonder”; no Babylonian source mentions them, and there is no archaeological evidence for them (unlike for other ancient wonders of the world). The primary evidence for the Gardens comes from several Greek and Roman texts – how they were created, why they were created, their size and variety, even how they were watered. According to these, Nebuchadnezzar II constructed the Gardens c. 600 BC for his (obviously spoiled) homesick Median wife Amytis, who missed the green hills of her birthplace. The “historical” sources also state that the Gardens were an ascending series of terraces (much like a ziggurat) built of mud bricks and containing all manner of plants. The base was supposedly 400 feet square, and the whole mass rose 75 feet into the very dry air; estimates are that the gardens would have required 8200 gallons of water a day to keep the plants alive in Babylon. If the Gardens did exist, it is assumed these were destroyed sometime during the first century AD.