Saudi Arabia's archaeological heritage is currently on show in Europe, in the exhibition 'Roads of Arabia'. After having already travelled to Paris, Barcelona and St. Petersburg, the exhibition is now about to go on display at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, as its only showing in Germany. The exhibition has received high-level backing and falls under the auspices of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany and the King of Saudi Arabia, Abd Allah ibn Abd al-Aziz.
The exhibition presents spectacular artefacts from prehistory and early history, as well as from ancient Saudi Arabia: finds of earliest bifaces, 6000 year-old anthropomorphic stela, monumental egyptianized colossal statues, enchanting works in glass and metal dating from Roman antiquity, as well as objects from the ceramic revolution that took place in the Islamic early period.
Chronologically arranged and presented to form an indoor archaeological landcape covering a terrain of 1300 square metres, the show makes archaeology an immediate experience and offers visitors a unique panorama of the cultural history of the Arabian Peninsula. The exhibition will see spectacular objects from the Kaaba itself and the city of Mecca go on display in Germany for the first time ever.
The exhibition has been organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, in partnership with the National Museums' own Museum of Islamic Art. German-led research projects conducted by the Orient Department of the German Archaeological Institute, the Zentrum Moderner Orient and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Saudi Arabia are also showcased in an exhibition room as examples of international collaborations by Berlin-based institutions. Supported by a diverse range of accompanying events on cultural heritage, the exhibition strengthens the ongoing activities into researching and preserving Saudi Arabia's Islamic and pre-Islamic cultural heritage, activities which in many cases are still in their relative infancy.
Deutsche Bahn travel pass 'Kultur Ticket Spezial'
The one-off travel pass 'Kultur Ticket Spezial', on offer from Deutsche Bahn, also applies to the exhibition. Purchasers of 'Kultur Ticket Spezial' can travel to and from Berlin to visit the 'Roads of Arabia' exhibition, for the price of €39 (2nd class) or €59 (1st class) per person. The ticket allows you to travel in comfort using all ICE/EC/IC (high-speed and regional) trains from all stations within a radius of 300 kilometres from Berlin. If you have children under 15, the ticket also allows them to travel for free with you. Please note: the ticket is only valid in conjunction with an admission ticket for the exhibition and is purchasable from all DB travel centre ticket offices and DB agencies. The 'Kultur Ticket Spezial' is not available directly via the National Museum's website.
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During the current stage of renovations, the hall containing the Pergamon Altar is due to remain closed to the public until 2019. The north wing and the gallery of Hellenistic art are also affected by the closure. The South Wing of the Pergamonmuseum, featuring the Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way from Babylon, and the Museum of Islamic Art, remains unaffected and is open to the public during this time.
At the moment the finds from Uruk and Habuba Kabira as well as the rooms with babylonian and ancient iranian monuments are not accessible to the public.
Please note that due to construction and the high volume of visitors, longer waiting times may be experienced.
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