Visions of Paradise

Gardens mirror the history of our civilisation

 

Lion-taming spirits (often identified with the hero Gilgamesh)

Woven from many different threads, our identity is a response to the natural environment in which life constantly confronted with death. How was born the concept of Paradise? Early in the 3rd millennium BC, Gilgamesh sang the praises of a city graced by gardens and orchards.

In the western texts paradise appears in the Greek translation of the Old Testament, the Septuagint , in which for the first time the idea of paradise coincided with the image of garden.

And the world´s oldest pictures of gardens come from Egypt. However, they never planted solely for pleasure…

Rectangular fishpond with ducks and lotus planted round with date palms and fruit trees, in a fresco from the Tomb of Nebamun, Thebes, 18th Dynasty