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The Tower of Babel. Source: FrankBoston / Adobe Stock.

Unraveling the Tower of Babel: Myth or Reality? (Video)


The ancient ruins of Babylon, located in central Iraq, have long captivated historians and archeologists alike. Among its remnants lies a structure that has stirred intrigue and speculation—the Etemenanki ziggurat, believed by some to be the legendary Tower of Babel. With its colossal size, estimated to have reached a towering height of nearly 300 feet, this ancient edifice stands as a testament to the grandeur and ambition of the Babylonian Empire.

The biblical account of the Tower of Babel portrays a tale of human unity, divine intervention, and the consequences of defying higher powers. Scholars draw parallels between the ziggurat and the Tower, noting the shared location and remarkable similarities in construction materials. The presence of bitumen-infused bricks, as described in biblical texts, adds weight to these connections. Yet, the story does not end there. The question remains: Was the Tower of Babel destroyed by a mighty wind summoned by an angered deity, or was it brought down by the forces of nature, such as a powerful earthquake?

Top image: The Tower of Babel. Source: FrankBoston / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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