Places of Interest nearby
Location address: Deutschland, Berlin, Berlin
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One of Berlin’s greatest puzzles is the Altar of Pergamon, an ancient Greek temple dating from 180-160BC dug up by German archaeologists in the 1880s. The altar is covered with a mammoth frieze depicting all the gods in battle against a horde of giants (with Athena pulling Alcyoneos by the hair and Zeus taking on three giants at once).
The museum’s 30-minute, English-language recorded tour, which you can pick up at the entrance, is excellent.
Linked themes: History
The Pergamon Museum (German: Pergamonmuseum) is situated on the Museum Island in Berlin. The site was designed by Alfred Messel and Ludwig Hoffmann and was constructed in twenty years, from 1910 to 1930. The Pergamon houses original-sized, reconstructed monumental buildings such as the Pergamon Altar and the Market Gate of Miletus, all consisting of parts transported from Turkey.