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14 once-great lost cities

May 21, 2014, 3:53 p.m.
Babylon

Photo: U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons

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Babylon

The remains of this once-magnificent city, which is believed to have been home to the storied Hanging Gardens of Babylon, are found in present day Iraq. Built upon the Euphrates River, steep embankments were constructed to contain the river's seasonal floods. During its peak, Babylon was undoubtedly one of the architectural wonders of the world — perhaps even once the home to the mythical Tower of Babel.