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Giššu Gate

a Pleiades place resource

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The Neo-Babylonian kings Nabopolassar (r. 625–605 BC) and Nebuchadnezzar II (r. 604–562 BC) constructed an outer wall around the eastern side of Babylon. That mudbrick wall is reported to have had 120 towers and 5 entrances, including the Giššu Gate. This access point to the city was probably located on the southeastern stretch of the wall.

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unlocated, gate (of a city), city gate


According to a text that might have been drawn up as an aide-memoire for Nebuchadnezzar II, the Babylonian king who completed the outer eastern wall of Babylon, the Giššu Gate is the third of the five gates and, presumably, the southernmost on the eastern stretch of wall. The “City Walls of Babylon C” text records that there were twenty-six towers between it and the Madānu Canal Gate (to the north) and twenty-three between it and the Sun of the Gods Gate (to the southwest).

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Jamie Novotny, 'Giššu Gate: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2021 <> [accessed: 22 February 2024]

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