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Museumsinsel Berlijn

The Museumsinsel (Museum Island) is an unique ensemble of museums in Berlin, the capital of Germany. The Museumsinsel is situated near the centre of Berlin. The island is surrounded by the Spree River. The museums on the Museumsinsel were built between 1824 and 1930. The museums were built to compete with cities like Florence, Paris and London. The Museumsinsel in Berlin illustrates the result of modern museum design in the 19th and 20th centuries. Together the five museums on the Museumsinsel houses items of art and artefacts from more than 6,000 years old. The Altes Museum houses a collection of Classical Antiquities. The most important artefact of the Neues Museum is the bust of the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti. The Alte Nationalgalerie houses work from French Impressionists. The Bode Museum houses Byzantine and Renaissance Art, such as work from Ravenna. The Pergamon Museum houses a collection of artefacts, like the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate of babylon, the Aleppo Room, the Market Gate of Miletus and the Mshatta Facade. Nearly 70 % of the museums were destroyed during WWII. The reconstruction and renovation of the five museums took years and has given back the Museumsinsel its greatness. The Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) is the only building on the Museumsinsel in Berlin, which is not a museum. The Berlin Dom was built in 1895-1905. The Berliner Dom was severely damaged during WWII, after restoration the Dom was reopened in 1992. Besides the Museumsinsel, there are another two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Berlin: Berlin Modernism Housing Estates and Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin. Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1999. World Heritage Art: Nefertiti 

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Museumsinsel Berlijn - Museumsinsel (Museum Island): The Colonnade Courtyard near the Alte Nationalgalerie, in the background the TV tower, the Berliner Fernsehturm. The...

Museumsinsel (Museum Island): The Colonnade Courtyard near the Alte Nationalgalerie, in the background the TV tower, the Berliner Fernsehturm. The Museum Island is situated close to the centre of Berlin, the island is surrounded by the river Spree. The five museums on the Museum Island in Berlin illustrates the result of modern museum design in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Museumsinsel (Museum Island) in Berlin was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1999.

  1. Museumsinsel Berlijn - Museumsinsel (Museum Island): The Colonnade Courtyard near the Alte Nationalgalerie, in the background the TV tower, the Berliner Fernsehturm. The...

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island): The Colonnade Courtyard near the Alte Nationalgalerie, in the background the TV tower, the Berliner Fernsehturm. The Museum Island is situated close to the centre of Berlin, the island is surrounded by the river Spree. The five museums on the Museum Island in Berlin illustrates the result of modern museum design in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Museumsinsel (Museum Island) in Berlin was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1999.

  2. Museumsinsel Berlijn - Museumsinsel, Museum Island Berlin: The Altes Museum (German for Old Museum). The Altes Museum was built in the Neoclassical style in the period...

    Museumsinsel, Museum Island Berlin: The Altes Museum (German for Old Museum). The Altes Museum was built in the Neoclassical style in the period between 1823 and 1830. The museum was completely destroyed during WW II and reconstructed between 1950 and 1966. The Altes Museum houses the imposing Collection of Classical Antiquities, among them the Hildesheim Treasure, the largest collection of Roman silver dating back to the first century.

  3. Museumsinsel Berlijn - Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The Alte Nationalgalerie was opened in 1876 in the presence of the Kaiser. The Alte Nationalgalerie was...

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The Alte Nationalgalerie was opened in 1876 in the presence of the Kaiser. The Alte Nationalgalerie was heavily damaged during WWII. Parts of it were reopened in 1949. The restoration of the Alte Nationalgalerie took years, it was finally reopened in 2001, marking its 125 anniversary. The museum houses work from the French Impressionists.  

  4. Museumsinsel Berlijn - Museumsinsel (Museum Island): The Bode Museum was designed by Ernst von Ihne and built in 1897-1904. The Neo-Baroque Bode Museum was...

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island): The Bode Museum was designed by Ernst von Ihne and built in 1897-1904. The Neo-Baroque Bode Museum was damaged during WWII and underwent several stages of restoration between 1948 and 1986. After renovation, the museum was reopened in 2006, the museum houses Byzantine art and Renaissance art. The Bode museum is situated at the northwestern tip of the Museumsinsel in Berlin.

  5. Museumsinsel Berlijn - Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The Neues Museum was built between 1843 and 1855. The museum was heavily damaged during WWII....

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The Neues Museum was built between 1843 and 1855. The museum was heavily damaged during WWII. It was reconstructed in the period 1999-2009. The three main wings of the museum surround two interior courtyards. The major artefact of the Neues Museum is the bust of the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti. Museumsinsel (Museum Island) in Berlin gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1999.

  6. Museumsinsel Berlijn - Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The Pergamonmuseum was constructed in 1910-1930. The Pergamonmuseum was damaged during WWII...

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The Pergamonmuseum was constructed in 1910-1930. The Pergamonmuseum was damaged during WWII and reconstructed in the period 2005-2010. The huge museum houses art from the Middle East, Islamic Art and original-sized reconstructed monumental buildings such as the Pergamon Altar, the Aleppo Room, the Mshatta façade, the Market Gate of Miletus and the Ishtar Gate, one of the eight gates of the inner City of Babylon.

  7. Museumsinsel Berlijn - Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The Schlossbrücke is a stone bridge crossing the river Spree. The bridge was built in the beginning of...

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The Schlossbrücke is a stone bridge crossing the river Spree. The bridge was built in the beginning of the 19th century. The Museumsinsel is an island in the central Mitte district of Berlin. The Museumsinsel is surrounded by the Spree River. The Museumsinsel is reachable by bridges. The Museumsinsel is an unique ensemble of museums in the centre of Berlin.

  8. Museumsinsel Berlijn - Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The river Spree. On the right hand the Museumsinsel and the Lustgarten, the Pleasure Garden. In the...

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The river Spree. On the right hand the Museumsinsel and the Lustgarten, the Pleasure Garden. In the background the huge tower cranes near the Pergamonmuseum, the renovation of the Pergamonmuseum will be completed in 2019. The Lustgarten is situated in front of the Altes Museum and the Berliner Dom, the Lustgarteni s a popular city park in Berlin.

  9. Museumsinsel Berlijn - Museumsinsel (Museum Island): The Colonnade Courtyard near the Alte Nationalgalerie, in the background the Berliner Dom. The Hohenzollerngruft is...

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island): The Colonnade Courtyard near the Alte Nationalgalerie, in the background the Berliner Dom. The Hohenzollerngruft is the Royal Crypt underneath the Berliner Dom, it is the final resting place of Prussian Kings and members of the House of Hohenzollern, the former imperial dynasty of Germany. The Berliner Dom is the only building on the Museum Island in Berlin, which is not a museum.

  10. Museumsinsel Berlijn - Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The Imperial Staircase of the Berliner Dom. The Berliner Dom, the Berlin Cathedral, was built in the period...

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The Imperial Staircase of the Berliner Dom. The Berliner Dom, the Berlin Cathedral, was built in the period 1895-1905. The Dom was severely damaged during WWII, after a long restoration the Dom was reopened in 1992. The Royal Crypt below the Berliner Dom is the final resting place of a large number of Prussian Kings and members of the noble Hohenzollern Family.