Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Ishtar Gate

The Ishtar Gate, a reconstruction of which is located in Berlin's Pergamon Museum, was one of the gates to the ancient city of Babylon. It was built circa 575 BC by the infamous King Nebuchadnezzar to honor the goddess Ishtar. The gate was also part of the Babylonian processional way, which was a path used to parade statues of the gods down during the Babylonian New Year's celebration. The beautiful gate was made of blue glazed tiles depicting fantastic animals, and has been re-created in the Pergamon Museum by using materials excavated and brought to Berlin from 1902-1914. The recreated wall is 47 feet high, 100 feet wide, and is definitely worth the price of admission.
Janis Fowler

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