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The Ishtar Gate in Berlin

The Ishtar Gate from the city of Babylon is one of the most famous structures from the Ancient Near East and a national symbol of modern Iraq. Its reconstruction at the Pergamonmuseum continues to fascinate museum-goers as a symbol of the powerful civilisations of the past. But how did the Ishtar Gate end up in Berlin?

Fragmente des Ischtar-Tores
Fragmente des Ischtar-Tores © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum / Fotograf unbekannt

This informative exhibition by the Vorderasiatisches Museum traces its path from the excavation of tiny glazed brick fragments in the rubble of Babylon to the partage between Istanbul and Baghdad through to the visionary reconstruction at the Pergamonmuseum. The rebuilding of the Ishtar Gate in Berlin combined archaeological scholarship, the imperial ambitions of the German Empire and the creative energy of the excavators and museum-makers. As such, the history of the Ishtar Gate in Berlin is reflective of the broader history of the Vorderasiatisches Museum.

This exhibition is made possible by the Freunde der Antike auf der Museumsinsel Berlin e.V. and Museum&Location.

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Price: €12.00

Reduced price: €6.00