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Location address: United Kingdom, Camden
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In 1817, the famous scientist and discoverer Alexander von Humboldt stayed with his brother Wilhelm in Portland Place, not far from the British Museum. He also went to admire the Elgin Marbles which were “imported” in that year from occupied Greece by the Turks. The Elgin Marbles are still a very sensitive issue in the relationship between the UK and Greece. These Elgin Marbles are a collection of marble sculptures “collected” by the Earl of Elgin from the Greek Acropolis. Wilhelm, the brother of Alexander von Humboldt would have said to his wife: “What a fantastic sculptures, but what a robbery”.
Dr Irving Finkel is en expert working at the British Museum. He is curator in charge of cuneiform clay tablets. From a 4000 year old clay tablet containing the story of the Ark and the flood, he claims the Ark was actually round. This video shows many more stories about the Ark.
This is the mammoth home of one of the world’s greatest treasure troves—much of it plunder from other parts of the globe when Britannia ruled the waves. The most exciting of these treasures are the Elgin Marbles stolen from Greece and the Rosetta Stone stolen from Egypt. You’ll need at least 2 hours for the most cursory of visits. An easy-to-follow map at the entrance will take you to all the highlights, including the legendary Black Obelisk, dating from around 860 B.C. and exhibited in the Nimrud Gallery. You can’t see it all, so don’t even try. But you’ll see enough to promise yourself another visit some time in the future. End your quickie tour in the modern Great Court covering the celebrated Reading Room where Karl Marx wrote Das Kapital.
Since the museum doesn’t open until 10am, the early bird can arrive before and wander about for a brisk morning walk, getting the feel of this famous district. Our favorite square for wandering is Russell Square, where the Tube will take you, followed by Bedford Square to the east and Bloomsbury Square to the southeast.
Source : Frommer’s
The British Museum is a museum in London dedicated to human history and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.