Hg2 : The Hedonist


The Pergamon is one of the world’s finest archaeological museums in Berlin and includes collections of classical and near eastern antiquities. The museum accommodates three separate spaces: the Antikensamm-lung (Collection of Classical Antiquities), occupying the architectural halls and the sculpture wing; the Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East) and the Museum für Islamische Kunst (Museum of Islamic Art). Having taken its name from the 16-metre-high Pergamon Altar of Zeus that dates back to a 164 BC royal temple in Bergama, Turkey, it’s perhaps no surprise to find a partial recreation inside with an original frieze, depicting a battle between the gods and the titans. The grand Roman Market Gate of Miletus (AD 120) and the tiled Gate of Ishtar form the other major attractions. Despite the amount of works exhibited, the museum is easily digestible, but if you’re craving more there’s always the Museum of Islamic Art in the southern wing. The Pergamon is part of the Museuminsel Berlin – an island in the Spree donated to ‘art and science’ by Friedrich Wilhelm IV and home to four other major museums. All are overlooked by Berlin’s Protestant cathedral, the Berliner Dom, with stunning views of the island from the upper balcony.

Am Kupfergraben 5,
+49 30 266 42 22 90
Opening Times
daily, 10.00am-6.00pm (until 8.00pm Thu).
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