Museumsinsel – the cultural heart of Berlin!
In order to complete my 1st task as a GoUnesco Campus Ambassador I decided to visit the worldwide famous Museumsinsel in Berlin, Germany.
The Museumsinsel (litterally Museum Island) is located on an island (in the Spree river) within the city center of Berlin, in the central district of Mitte. The complex consists in 5 museums built by Prussian different architects between 1824 and 1930. The five museums on the island are:
– The “Old Museum” (Altes Museum): it contains a wide collection of Greek and Roman antiquities (it it the Museum on the background of the #gounescoselfie)
– The “New Museum” (Neues Museum): this museum contains the so called “Egyptian and Prehistory and Early History” collections. It was built in 1859 and it was completely destroyed during World War II. It was reconstructed by the British architect D. Chipprfield (the grand opening was in 2010). Its most famous artifact is the bust of the Queen Nefertiti.
– The “Old National Gallery” (Alte Nationalgallrie) built in 1876: it shows mostly Romantic, Neoclassical, Biedermeier and Impressionist artworks.
– The Bode Museum (1904): the collection is mostly made of Byzantine and Gothic artworks.
– The Pergamon Museum: built in the ’30 it contains the great Altar of Pergamon and the Ishtar Gate from Babylon and the Market Gate of Miletus. Inside the Museum there is a wide collection of Ancient Near Eastern artifacts and on the second floor there is an Islamic Museum.
The Museum Island was inscribed in 1999 on the UNESCO World Heritage List for its unique “social phenomenon that owes its origins to the Age of Enlightenment and its extension to all people to the French Revolution.” As UNESCO underlines the site is “is the most outstanding example of this concept given material form and a symbolic central urban setting, and one that illustrates the evolution of modern museum design over more than a century.” (UNESCO, 2014)
This site attracts every year thousands of tourists in Berlin. I am very lucky because I live very close to Berlin and I work right next to the Island. I love to spend my free-time after work around the Museums and I muse admit I could not resist and for only 25€ I bought the Year Card that gives me unlimited free access to every museum (and to other 14 museums in Berlin). It is absolutely one of my favorite places!
UNESCO, 2014. Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin. [online] Available at: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/896https://www.gounesco.com/heritage/proof/museumsinsel-cultural-heart-berlin/https://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/gounesco.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/24070131/IMG_1216-1024x768.jpghttps://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/gounesco.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/24070131/IMG_1216-150x150.jpgUncategorizedBerlin,Europe,Germany,GoUNESCO Selfie,Museumsinsel,nicole franceschini,travel,world heritage travel