Monday, January 14, 2008

Classical Treasures of the Pergamon Museum

The Pergamon Museum is the home of many other treasures from the classical world. As you enter, you get that feeling that you get at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York or at the Louvre in Paris. This feeling of sadness that you may not wander through these halls in a week just to try to digest the impressions these great work of arts give you. Sadly you have to choose.

As you walk through the door at the left, facing the Pergamon Altar, you enter a room filled with treasures from the Greek era. As this part of a row of columns, once carrying a heavy row. The mere weight these tall and slender Corinthian columns once must have carried.

The room had another great part of building from antiquity.

This magnificent gate used to be a propylon dedicated to the god Athena, and dates back to the 2nd century BC. It is reconstructed from original marble fragments. The sign did not give information on where this magnificent building once stood.

This propylon is constructed in the same style as the Pergamon Altar. Here you have two rows of beautiful ionic columns, as found at the altar, carrying a classical Hellenistic roof.

The Market Gate of Miletus

When you face the altar and enter through the door at the right you will find the room housing the Market Gate of Miletus.

Miletus (Μίλητος) was a city that existed from the bronze age until far into the Middle Ages, when the natural port
became silted up, which led to the city being abandoned.

This magnificent building used to be the Market Gate of this old city. It was excavated by the Germans in 1899 and brought back to Europe.

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