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THE DREAM OF NEBUDCHADNEZZAR II

Let there be light...

Sensitive to the signs of the universe during the vernal equinox, Nebudchanezzar closed his eyes and opened his mind, strangely aware of an echo reverberating in the haze of his dreams of the past few nights. The cosmos revealed to him that he would be the architect of a project to be experienced by future generations. In the shimmering depths of his mind, Nebudchanezzar envisioned the plans for a creation to be undertaken by three of his worthy companions. He gathered his best builders around a table in the centre of which sat an almanac containing all his visions. The almanac’s contents were enigmatic, yet rich in substance.

So, the trio departed upon the expedition to realize Nebudchanezzar's vision. With eyes turned towards heaven, the chosen ones left for the ochre lands of Mesopotamia. Despite their astrological navigation instruments, there were no signs or symbols to illuminate or guide them. So, they speculated; Rectificando, with resolve, they changed their perceptions so that they could discern the one sign that would lead them to all others.

The equinoxes passed until finally, with the flutter of a wing, a bird resplendent in iridescent feathers came to show them the way, far beyond Mesopotamia. Reassured, they followed the bird to the gates of the Kingdom of Memphis, in Egypt. As they had sensed, they were expected. They piqued the interest of Pharaoh Nechao II by sharing with him the secret their king had confided to them in the first pages of the almanac. It did not take long for the trio to convince the Pharaoh: the Pharaoh appointed his most talented artisans to share their knowledge and play their role in this universal, legend-worthy project. Through their introduction to alchemy, stonework, woodwork, metalwork and weaving, Nebuchadnezzar’s men realized that magic is inherent in the cycles of nature, and the concerted, patient efforts of an artisan eventually bring out the captivating sparkle in a stone. By the time they finished their training, the completed almanac was a collection of precious writings and drawings needed to execute the visionary creation.

Pharaoh Nechao II marked the occasion by offering each of the King's companions an amulet, called a Djed. The Djed was the perfect symbol of selflessness -- a trait that is crucial for creating exceptional work and ensuring that whatever mankind creates can stand the test of time.

This was how, in 570 BCE, the sumptuous Hanging Gardens of Babylon came into being. The multicoloured treasures luxuriating in the sun of this incredible garden had unique fragrances that floated through the air in all seasons. The King composes from them Parfums Fins - the botanical culmination of his architectural work.