While notions of cultural heritage and appropriation and the repatriation of objects are absurdly sticky (and I’ve touched on this stickiness before when discussing NYC’s Cloisters), you have to applaud the Germans for their looting past because MAN, the Pergamon Museum is insanely, insanely awesome.
Located in the very heart of Museum Island, the Pergamon Museum is unlike any other museum I have ever been to, because it’s a building mostly packed full of other buildings. Not only do they have the Altar of Pergamon in all its Hellenistic glory, but they also have the Market Gate of Miletus and the Isthar Gate. That is 200% more gates than most museums!
But, foolish, silly me, I missed a LOT of the other insanely spectacular things they have there. Like the Mshatta Facade, which is this ridiculously cool bit of a building originally from Jordan:
And I missed the Aleppo Room, which was clearly a giant oversight on my part, because LOOK at it:
These are things worth seeing. And while yes, it was a wee bit crowded, the crowds were extremely well managed and pretty small in comparison to the crowds at, oh I dunno, the Louvre. Obviously, I need to get myself back to Berlin ASAP, because the Pergamon Museum is always the answer.
Edited to add: Matthias1982 (who has an excellent blog about animals, you should check it out) pointed out in the comments that owing to renovations the room with the actual Pergamon Altar is closed at the moment (my photos are from last year when other bits of the museum were closed). Lame. Damn renovations, making things closed in the meantime, but better in the long run. Thanks Matthias!