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German archaeologists excavated the site of Babylon in the early 20th century & in 1930 the Ishtar gate and processional lions were reconstructed in Berlin using the original bricks. It's a more professional reconstruction than the amateurish effort at Knossos in Crete. Parts of this collection were sold to 11 other museums around the world including Gothenburg, Istanbul, Paris, Chicago, Newhaven, Detroit, Munich, Toronto, & Boston eg. Shown here is a tile display in the King's palace (Nebuchadnezzar II).

"It was constructed in about 575 BCE by order of King Nebuchadnezzar II on the north side of the city. It was part of a grand walled processional way leading into the city. The walls were finished in glazed bricks mostly in blue, with animals and deities in low relief at intervals, these also made up of bricks that are molded and colored differently."

There are auruchs and dragons on some of the processional walls in addition to many lions, which have become extinct in Iraq. An 'auruch' is the ancestor of all modern cattle but became extinct. The last one died in the Jactorow Forest in Poland in 1627 AD. I included just enough of the tourists to give scale and context. I came to the museum primarily to see the ancient gate, less so for other tourists. The Pergamon Museum was still open when I visited but has since partially closed until 2023.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurochs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar_Gate

https://archaeology-travel.com/photo-album/ishtar-gate-in-the-pergamon-museum/

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  • Copyright: Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15685 W: 1055 N: 32823] (152610)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-08-22
  • Categories: Ruínas
  • Exposición: f/0.1, 1/21 segundos
  • Versión de la foto: Versión original
  • Date Submitted: 2019-11-17 2:44
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Points: 40
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