In 1879, the German Government decided to transport an ornately decorated altar from a town called Pergamon in Turkey, to Germany. The altar is huge, it’s 35.64 metres wide, 33.4 metres deep, and the stairway alone is almost 20 metres wide. It is richly decorated with ornate friezes, depicting giants battling the Olympian gods on the lower friezes, and the life of Telephus on the friezes at the top of the stairs.

In 1910, Alfred van Messel and Luwig Hofflan designed a new museum to house the altar when it became clear the initial museum wasn’t large enough.

Currently, the entire museum complex with several museums is being restored, and the Pergamonsaal (the hall where the famous altar is located), is closed until 2019. The renovations are staged so that the museum remains operational, and it won’t be entirely finished until 2025/2026.

How do I get there?

The museum is at the Bodestraße near Unter den Linden.

More information: www.smb.museum

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