If you ever go to Berlin, do not miss the Pergamon Museum. It may be the only museum in the world that contains entire buildings. At least, I don't think there's another where you walk directly from ticket sales into a Greek temple. Well, strictly speaking, it's the Pergamon Altar, but if you picture an altar as a marble block big enough to sacrifice a goat, think again. This looks like a full-scale temple -- pillars, statues, steps, etc. It's really quite fragmented, but is so artfully reassembled that it feels intact. Also in the museum are the entire facade from the Mshwata Palace in Jordan, an intricately painted room from a house in Aleppo, and one of the domes from the Alhambra Palace in Spain. But for my money, the prize of the collection is the Ishtar Gate from Nebuchadnezzar's Palace in Babylon. The enormous gate and surrounding court are faced in gigantic, deep-blue ceramic tiles, covered with ranks of bulls, rather odd dragons, and lions. The original double processional of lions rounds out the display.
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