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Highlights of the Pergamon Museum

Ishtar Gate - Pergamon Museum

Highlights of the Pergamon Museum

The Pergamon Museum is located on the “Museum Island” in Berlin, Germany. The museum is famous for housing large monumental historic Babylonian, Greek and Roman buildings such as the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, the Pergamon Altar and the Market Gate of Miletus. The following links provide more in-depth coverage.

Photo Gallery of the Pergamon Museum

Ishtar Gate

Ishtar Gate - Pergamon Museum

Lion from the Ishtar Gate Processional Way

The Ishtar Gate Processional Way is a red and yellow brick-paved corridor, which was initially over half a mile long with walls on each side, over 15 metres tall. The walls were decorated with over 120 images of lions, bulls, dragons, and flowers, made from enamelled blue, yellow and brown tiles. It was this processional way that led to the temple of Marduk which was in the form of a ziggurat.

Ishtar Gate - Pergamon Museum

Ishtar Gate tiles with Babylonian motifs

The Ishtar Gate was a passageway to the inner city of Babylon, constructed by order of King Nebuchadnezzar II in about 575 BCE.

Ishtar Gate - Pergamon Museum

Building inscription of Nebuchadnezzar II at the gate

The text of the inscription reads: “I Nebuchadnezzar laid the foundation of the gates down to the groundwater level and had them built out of pure blue stone. Upon the walls in the inner room of the gate are bulls an dragons and thus I magnificently adorned them with luxurious splendour for all humanity to behold in awe.”

The Market Gate of Miletus

The Market Gate of Miletus - Pergamon Museum

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“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.
For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?”

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

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 Photo Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-12947-0003 / CC-BY-SA 3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 de], via Wikimedia Commons

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