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Berlin Day 2

Yesterday we were behind a building, from its shape I would say it’s a church. I asked JJ if he wanted to go in since he liked to visit churches but he said no. Today, we were at the front door of the same building, a sign said Schinkel-Museum, Friedrichswerdersche Kirche. A museum? Schinkel the architect and the one who designed the Altes Museum? So, we went in and we would be fool to skip it.

We were distracted already by visiting Schinkel’s museum, the plan was to take ourselves directly the Pergamon and the Ishtar Gate. All great name museums have one thing in common, they all have a long ticket queue. But it always has a short cut, with a museum card we had a prompt access to the museum.

The main entrance, behind it is the Pergamon Altar

Museum’s visitors in the middle of Gods’ wars. On the background, it’s a scene of Zeus (the King of Gods) on the left defeats three giants and Athena (Zeus’s daughter and the Goddess of wisdom and war) on the right

The Market Gate of Miletus

Voila, the Ishtar Gate, the eight gate to the inner city of Babylon. The gate was constructed in about 575 BC and renowned for its double structure (you can’t see on the real gate, but in the model below). It also has a replica in Iraq after the original one was moved to Berlin.

Lions who protect the gate and the city.

The guy is pointing at the location of the Babylon City