Part of the museum island complex in Berlin is the famous Lustgarten... known as the Pleasure Garden. Over the course of time it has been many things including a kitchen garden, a parade ground, and of course a park. It amazingly survived major destruction during WWWII and only had a renonvation in 1991. The park is now seen as the center of the reunited Berlin.
The Ishtar Gate (Assyrian: ܕܵܪܘܲܐܙܲܐ ܕܥܵܐܫܬܲܪ translit: Darwaza D'Ishtar, Arabic:بوابة عشتار) was the eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon. It was constructed in about 575 BC by order of King Nebuchadnezzar II on the north side of the city.
The roof and doors of the gate were of cedar, according to the dedication plaque. Through the gate ran the Processional Way which was lined with walls covered in lions on glazed bricks (about 120 of them).
Statues of the deities were paraded through the gate and down the Processional Way each year during the New Year's celebration.
A reconstruction of the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way was built at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin out of material excavated by Robert Koldeweyand finished in the 1930s. It includes the inscription plaque. It stands 47 feet high and 100 feet wide (14 meters by 30 meters). The excavation ran from 1902-1914 and during that time 45 feet of the foundation of the gate was uncovered.
The gate was in fact a double-gate. The part that is shown in the Pergamon Museum today is only the smaller frontal part, while the larger back part was considered too large to fit into the constraints of the structure of the museum. It is in storage.
And the journey is still continuing. Yes, there is a lot to see in Berlin. Ok, next on the magical mystery tour is the central university of Berlin... the Humboldt. Yes ok, this is the staircase fromthe previous shot... but ya gotta admit that they are very funky.
Wandering from the British Embasy to the Humboldt University came across these two constrasting scences... and yes more funky staircases!