tile and clay- a gift from the Class of 2015
The original Ishtar Gate was constructed by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II circa 575 BCE. It was the eighth gate of the city of Babylon and was the main entrance into the city. The Ishtar Gate was part of Nebuchadnezzar's plan to beautify his empire's capital and during the first half of the 6th century BCE. The magnificence of the Ishtar Gate was so well known that it made the initial list of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
NPS's Ishtar Gate, which surrounds the entrance to the 5th grade classroms, was created through a multi-disciplinary project combining Global Studies, History, and Art. The 5th grade students researched the historical significance of the Ishtar Gate and learned how to glaze and cut tile using appropriate tools. Students additionally carved their individual creatures out of clay. Represented are lions, aurochs, and dragons paying homage to Babylonian deities.
The original Ishtar Gate was excavated between 1902 to 1914 A.D. in ancient Mesopotamia, now modern day Iraq. At that time 45 feet (13.7 m) of the original foundation of the gate was discovered and is now on display in pieces in various museums around the world, with the largest collection displayed at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany.