The Pergamon Museum: Berlin’s Showcase of Antiquity

Rabbi Leib Tropper discusses the Pergamon Museum located on Museum Island in Berlin.

The average traveler to Europe may not necessarily think of Berlin when planning an itinerary of museum tours. However, Berlin’s Pergamon Museum holds a world-renowned collection of ancient art and architecture.

One of the great benefits of the museum is its size. It is an enormous, multiwing building that actually comprises three museums: the Collection of Classical Antiquities, the Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Museum of Islamic Art.

The Pergamon’s size allows it to hold full ancient structures that other, smaller museums could not exhibit. For example, the Pergamon houses the imposing Ishtar Gate, built by King Nebuchadnezzar II in approximately 575 B.C. as one of the inner gates to Babylon, as well as the Market Gate of Miletus, built in the second century A.D. in what is now Turkey. These exhibits provide visitors a unique opportunity to see the full architectural structures as they may have stood in their primes. The Pergamon Museum serves as an ideal repository through which visitors can connect with the past.

Rabbi Leib Tropper has traveled extensively through Berlin.

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