Pergamon Museum in Berlin

On several occasions we have told you several things about Berlin , the places you can visit there and what kinds of things you can do while you are there, either for a short time or for much longer. This time I want to tell you about a specific place in that city: the Pergamon Museum , a spectacular place that is part of the complex known as the Museum Island and that groups together several of the most representative buildings in Berlin. Almost a million people visit it every year, making it the most visited art museum in Germany.

Without a doubt, a must if you are going to be in Berlin for at least a couple of days, since you will be here at least noon and to see it well you will need a whole day. The Pergamon Museum was built between 1910 and 1930 thanks to a design by Alfred Messel , although its construction was carried out by Ludwig Hoffman. The previous ten years there was a smaller building there. In principle, it was built to house the findings of the different Berlin Museums , such as the important frieze of the Pergamon Altar, until before the First World War it collapsed due to various damage to its structure, which led to the construction of what is now we know.

There you can find all kinds of art, although the most prominent areas are those dedicated to Rome, Greece, Islam, the Middle East and, especially, Mesopotamia. Among the many works that you can see there are the Altar of Zeus in the city ​​of Pergamum , the Gate of the Roman Market in Miletus, the Istar Gates of Babylon, Hellenistic statues or the Facade of Mushatta. The larger, newer area is home to three different museums: the Collection of Antiquities , the Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Museum of Islamic Art.