Gate Latches

The Ishtar Gate consists of an enormous burnt brick entryway situated over the main thoroughfare on the north side of the ancient Mesopotamian city of Babylon, which is now part if Iraq. Constructed circa 575 BC by order of King Nebuchadnezzar II, the Ishtar Gate stands nearly 40 feet tall. Dedicated to the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, the gate was was constructed of blue glazed tiles with alternating rows of bas-relief sirrush (dragons) and aurochs. Originally part of the Walls of Babylon, the gate was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the world until it was replaced with the Lighthouse of Alexandria in the 6th century AD.