Pergamon Museum

Take a look at the live-sized structures inside this gigantic museum. Few lovers of arts are aware of the fact that when Germany was divided in the aftermath of the second world war, its art treasures were divided too. Located on Museum Island (Museumsinsel), Berlin, the Pergamon Museum was designed by Ludwig Hoffmann and Alfred Messel.

It took twenty years beginning from 1910 to complete this massive structure that showcases life-sized restructured monumental buildings like the Market Gate of Miletus, and the Pergamon Altar. Visitors will be amazed to learn that the parts of these structures have been transported from Turkey.

Berlin Pergamon Museum, Museum Island

Berlin Pergamon Museum, Museum Island

The main museum is sub divided into several sections like the Middle East museum, the section for antiquity collection, the museum of Islamic art etc. All these put together make Pergamon Museum on of the most sought after by tourists and locals alike with more than 900,000 visiting it on an annual basis.

Do not miss out on some of its famous displays like the Mshatta façade, the Pergamon Altar, the Processional Way, the Ishtar Gate, and the Market Gate of Miletus. The Pergamon Altar, after which the museum got its name, dates back to the second century BC and consists of a 113 meters high sculptural frieze that depicts the struggle between the giants and the gods.
(photo: Raymond)

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