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Berlin's most popular museum is like a veritable Aladdin's Cave - only that the treasures are not oil lamps and coin-spilling chests but monumental structures and sculptures from Greece, Rome, Babylon and other ancient cultures. The key sight, and what everyone comes to see, is the namesake Pergamon Altar which predates Christ's birth by around 150 years. The bulk of the structure is neatly juxtaposed by the remarkably fine detail of its decorative frieze, which depicts the gods in battle with the giants. The Pergamon Altar is the mere overture to an entire symphony of archaeological stunners. Don't miss the Babylonian Ishtar Gate, the 17m-high Roman Market Gate of Miletus, the façade of a Caliph's palace and the... Read More
Berlin's most popular museum is like a veritable Aladdin's Cave - only that the treasures are not oil lamps and coin-spilling chests but monumental structures and sculptures from Greece, Rome, Babylon and other ancient cultures. The key sight, and what everyone comes to see, is the namesake Pergamon Altar which predates Christ's birth by around 150 years. The bulk of the structure is neatly juxtaposed by the remarkably fine detail of its decorative frieze, which depicts the gods in battle with the giants. The Pergamon Altar is the mere overture to an entire symphony of archaeological stunners. Don't miss the Babylonian Ishtar Gate, the 17m-high Roman Market Gate of Miletus, the façade of a Caliph's palace and the Aleppo Room from Syria.
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