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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...

Museumsinsel (Museum Island): The Colonnade Courtyard near the Alte Nationalgalerie,

in the background the TV tower, the Berliner Fernsehturm.The Museum Island is situated

near the centre of Berlin, the island is surrounded by the river Spree. The five museums

on the Museum Island illustrates the result of modern museum design in the 19th and

20th centuries. The Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin is an UNESCO World Heritage.

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

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island): The Colonnade Courtyard near the Alte Nationalgalerie,

    in the background the TV tower, the Berliner Fernsehturm.The Museum Island is situated

    near the centre of Berlin, the island is surrounded by the river Spree. The five museums

    on the Museum Island illustrates the result of modern museum design in the 19th and

    20th centuries. The Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin is an UNESCO World Heritage.

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

    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.

    It was destroyed during WW II and reconstructed in 1950-1966. The Altes Museum houses

    the 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...

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The Alte Nationalgalerie was opened in 1876 in

    the presence of the Kaiser. The Alte Nationalgalerie was heavily destroyed during WWII.

    Parts of it were reopened in 1949. The restoration of the Alte Nationalgalerie took years.

    The Alte Nationalgalerie 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 (1897-1904) was designed by Ernst von Ihne. The Bode Museum was heavily damaged...

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island): The Bode Museum (1897-1904) was designed by Ernst

    von Ihne. The Bode Museum was heavily damaged during WWII and underwent several

    stages of restoration between 1948 and 1986. After renovation the museum was reopened

    in 2006. The Neo-Baroque museum is located at the northwestern tip of the Museumsinsel.

    The Bode Museum houses Byzantine and Renaissance Art.

  5. Museumsinsel Berlijn - Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The Neues Museum was constructed in the period 1843-1855. The museum was...

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The Neues Museum was constructed in the

    period 1843-1855. The museum was damaged during WWII. It was reconstructed in

    the period 1999-2009. The most important artefact of the Neues Museum is the bust

    of the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti. Museumsinsel (Museum Island), 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 museum was damaged during WWII and...

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The Pergamonmuseum was constructed in

    1910-1930. The museum was damaged during WWII and reconstructed in 2005-2010.

    The Pergamonmuseum houses art from the Middle East, Islamic Art and original-sized

    reconstructed monumental buildings such as the Pergamon Altar, the Aleppo Room, the

    Market Gate of Miletus and Ishtar Gate, one of the eight gates of the inner City of Babylon.

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

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The Schlossbrücke crossing the river Spree.

    The Schlossbrücke 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 the Museumsinsel and the Lustgarten, Pleasure Garden. In the background...

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The River Spree.

    On the right the Museumsinsel and the Lustgarten, Pleasure Garden. In the background

    the 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 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...

    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 members of the noble Hohenzollern family

    and Prussian Kings. 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, Berlin Cathedral, was built in the period...

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: The Imperial Staircase of the Berliner Dom.

    The Berliner Dom, Berlin Cathedral, was built in the period 1895-1905. The Berliner 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 several Prussian Kings.

    Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1999.