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This museum houses a vast collection of artifacts from the ancient world, the crowning glory being the altar from the Zeus Temple in Pergamon (180-160 BCE), one of the world's most significant archaeological finds. The museum is also home to parts of the magnificent Antique Collection, the East Asian Collection, the Near Eastern Museum and the Islamic Museum. Designed by Ludwig Hoffmann and Alfred Messel, this museum was established in 1910 and is a part of the wonderful Museum Island. Ranked as one of the most visited art museums, not only throughout Germany, but also the world over, Pergamon Museum makes for a truly enriching experience.
Throughout the centuries, many churches have stood on the location of the current Berliner Dom. The first one was erected in 1465 for the reigning royal family, the Hohenzollern, and was little more than a chapel at that time. In 1747, it was replaced by a Baroque cathedral designed by Johann Boumann, before being transformed once again in 1822 by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Today's Dom was built between 1894 and 1905 during King Wilhem II's reign. Almost completely destroyed in World War II, the Berliner Dom remained a ruin until restoration work finally began in 1973. Some of the cathedral's highlights include the mosaics covering the cupola, the crypt, the altar and the altar windows. The Dom also houses the graves of over 80 members of the Hohenzollern family. Before leaving, take a look at the huge neo-baroque organ, one of the largest in Germany, and make sure to take in the views from the roof promenade.
After World War II bombs destroyed the previous Neues Museum, plans were made to build a bigger and better site to house a range of exhibits. Finally in 1997, work began on the design for the building, with an emphasis towards a so-called "gentle reconstruction" of the original structure. Reopened in 2009, some of the exhibits include Queen Nefertiti from the Egyptian Museum and pieces from the Museum of Pre and Early History. With all the time and effort that has gone into its construction, the museum is a spectacular addition to the area.
Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung lies in one of the twin buildings facing Schloss Charlottenburg which were originally used as the royal barracks. The centerpiece of the museum's collection is the world-famous, 3000-year-old bust of Nofretete. Don't forget the other treasures though, which include a portrait of Queen Tiy and King Akhenaton from the 14th Century BCE. The collection contains a total of over 2000 ancient Egyptian masterpieces. Temporary exhibitions are staged in the great hall, which was modeled on King Sahure's Pyramid Temple.
The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) rises up over Museum Island like an ancient Greek temple. The imposing, neoclassical edifice was designed and built by architect F.A. Stüler between 1866-1876 and contains an extensive collection of works by both German and international artists from the 18th and 19th Centuries. Visitors can admire masterpieces by French impressionists such as Cezanne, Manet and Renoir, the surreal works of Van Gogh and Münch, and sculptures by the likes of Schadow and Rodin.
The Museum of Ancient Antiquities and Byzantine Art is located in the Bode Museum on Museum Island. The permanent exhibition consists of 3rd-19th century sculptures, icons and paintings from Russia, Greece, Egypt and other countries in Asia Minor. The exhibits include an extensive collection of early Christian, Byzantine and post-Byzantine art including one of the earliest surviving paintings (circa 600 AD) of Bishop Abraham.
Closed until 2002. Instead, exhibitions in the Kronprinzenpalais opposite (Thurs - Tues 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.).
The Zeughaus began life as a military arsenal and an impressive arsenal it is too. More like a palace than an arms depot, the magnificent baroque building, located opposite the former Royal Palace on the banks of the River Spree, has been recently restored and now exudes all of its former splendor. Built around 1700, the palatial Zeughaus is one of the oldest buildings on Unter den Linden and is therefore the perfect location for the National History Museum which it now houses.