The Top Things To See In The Pergamon Museum, Berlin

Pergamon | © Jim Woodward/Flickr
Pergamon | © Jim Woodward/Flickr
Photo of Lily Cichanowicz
15 May 2017

It took 20 years to build the Pergamon Museum, as architects and builders toiled to make it worthy of housing some of the most impressive collections of antiquities in all of Berlin, including over 270,000 historical objects. These collections focus specifically on societies of the Middle East, including Mesopotamia, Syria, and Anatolia.

Architecture of Antiquity

Architecture of Antiquity is an exhibition formulated as part of the city’s broader collection of antiquity, which spans across three museums on Museumsinsel: the Altes Meseum, the Neues Museum, and the Pergamon Museum. With over one million visitors each year, the Pergamon is regarded as the most popular of all because of its impressive and unrivaled collection of enormous architectural reconstructions from the Islamic world. Some of the most impressive pieces in this collection are the ‘Market Gate of Miletus’ (100 CE) and the ‘The Great Altar of Pergamon’ which depicts the gods of Olympia in battle against the giants (180-160 BC). Unfortunately, the latter is undergoing renovations until 2019 and is currently closed to the public.

Market Gate of Miletus | © Jim Woodward/Flickr

Words to Read – Words to Feel

Words to Read – Words to Feel offers an introduction to the most important Islamic text, the Qur’an, focusing on its cultural implications. The exhibition includes a curated selection of rare historical objects that help illustrate the many facets of this prophetic book. Items are displayed alongside pages of scripture from the Qur’an to demonstrate the aesthetics and practices that were derived from the book in precious items used in Islamic religious rituals, as well as in everyday objects. Thus, this exhibition substantiates the strong relationships between religion and culture.

Islamic Art Collection – Pergamon Museum | © SpirosK photography/Flickr

Art of Islamic Cultures

Covering the artistic expressions of Islamic societies from the 8th to the 19th centuries, Art of Islamic Cultures is considered the most comprehensive collection of Islamic art outside of the Islamic world itself. The works included in this exhibition have origins spanning from Spain to India, with particular emphasis on the regions of present day Iran and Egypt. The architectural elements encapsulated in this collection that are most impressive include the dazzling red room from Aleppo, ‘Painted Wood Paneling from the reception room of a Christian businessman’ and the the intricate stone façade of the Caliph Palace of the Mshatta of Umayyad dynasty.

Mshatta Facade | © Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 4.0 /WikiCommons

Trans-Cultural Relations, Global Biographies, Islamic Art

The new showcase, Trans-cultural Relations, Global Biographies – Islamic Art, explores the relationship between different cultures within the Islamic world and beyond. Examine the ways that objects migrated traversed great distances — sometimes across continents. Perhaps most interesting of all, when these different items are compared to one another, many share similar motifs and craftsmanship, demonstrating that there was a clear presence of exchange among civilizations residing in this part of the world.

Ancient Near Eastern Cultures

The prowess of the Ancient Near Eastern Cultures collection is like the Louvre of oriental artworks and cultural artifacts originating from Assyria, Sumer, and Babylon. This portion of the museum covers more than 6,000 years of history within a vast 2,000 square meter exhibition space The highlights are the many reconstructions of Babylonian monuments including the ‘Ishtar Gate’ and the ‘façade of the throne hall of King Nebuchadnezzar II.’ These reproductions of Babylonian art and architecture adhere to roughly the same dimensions as the original with meticulous attention paid to detail.

Ishtar Gate | © Rictor Norton & David Allen/Flickr
Affiliate button

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel – and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Epic Trips, Mini Trips and Sailing Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travellers and friends who want to explore the world together.

Epic Trips are deeply immersive 8 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and enough down time to really relax and soak it all in. Our Mini Trips are small and mighty - they squeeze all the excitement and authenticity of our longer Epic Trips into a manageable 3-5 day window. Our Sailing Trips invite you to spend a week experiencing the best of the sea and land in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm – and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Cookies Policy

We and our partners use cookies to better understand your needs, improve performance and provide you with personalised content and advertisements. To allow us to provide a better and more tailored experience please click "OK"