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Ancient Near Eastern Cultures

01.01.2000 until further notice
Pergamonmuseum

The Vorderasiatische Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East) ranks alongside the Louvre and the British Museum as one of the world's leading museums of ancient oriental treasures. Shown in an area covering 2,000 square metres the exhibits convey an impression of six thousand years of history, culture and art in the ancient Near East.

Fourteen rooms are devoted to this collection in the southern wing of the Pergamonmuseum. The collection contains many important examples of architecture, reliefs and smaller objects. Some are of great world significance and were once excavated by German archaeologists. They originate from the Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian and northern Syrian/eastern Anatolian regions which today include Iraq, Syria, and Turkey.

The Babylonian monuments

One of the major attractions lies along the main axis of this section of the museum. Here visitors can walk through and wonder at the world-famous reconstructions of brilliantly coloured Babylonian monuments: the Processional Way, the Ishtar Gate and the facade of the throne hall of King Nebuchadnezzar II (604 - 562 BC). Sections of the buildings were re-created to approximately the original dimensions by meticulously re-assembling the many broken pieces of excavated glazed bricks. Along the walls depictions of lions, bulls and dragons symbolize the major gods of Babylon.

The main attractions in the Babylonian Hall include the model of the Tower of Babel which was dedicated to Marduk, the chief god of the city, and a copy of the famous stela bearing the laws of King Hammurabi.

Bode-Museum and Pergamonmuseum
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Photo: David von Becker
The Bode-Museum and Pergamonmuseum Reopen on 3 October 2020
Group portrait with Assyrian queen (left to right: Stefan Geismeier, Nadja Cholidis, Lutz Martin, Helen Gries and Daniel Meyer)
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum / Photo: Olaf M. Teßmer
Vorderasiatisches Museum Makes a Spectacular Find
Ischtartor im Pergamonmuseum
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Foto: Olaf Tessmer
800,000 Euro for Babylon Research at the Vorderasiatisches Museum

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