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Germany: Take one last look at the famed Pergamon Altar before five year renovation kicks in01:41

Germany: Take one last look at the famed Pergamon Altar before five year renovation kicks in

Germany, Berlin
September 28, 2014 at 08:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds flocked to Berlin’s Pergamon Museum, Sunday, to take one last look at the Pergamon Altar before it closes for a five year renovation.

The Pergamon Altar, also referred to as the Altar of Satan and the Altar of Zeus, is a huge marble construction built in 2nd century BC on one of the terraces of the ancient city of Pergamon. It depicts Greece’s Olympian Gods locked in battle with the enemies, or Giants as they were referred to at the time.

German engineer Carl Humann brought the altar from what today is modern day Turkey to Berlin in 1878 where it was then reassembled and placed in a museum. It soon caught the eye of Adolf Hitler who used the altar as inspiration for his rally grounds in Nuremberg.

Approximately 1.5 million people visited the Pergamon Museum last year, making it Berlin’s most popular museum and the altar its top attraction.

Germany: Take one last look at the famed Pergamon Altar before five year renovation kicks in01:41
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Hundreds flocked to Berlin’s Pergamon Museum, Sunday, to take one last look at the Pergamon Altar before it closes for a five year renovation.

The Pergamon Altar, also referred to as the Altar of Satan and the Altar of Zeus, is a huge marble construction built in 2nd century BC on one of the terraces of the ancient city of Pergamon. It depicts Greece’s Olympian Gods locked in battle with the enemies, or Giants as they were referred to at the time.

German engineer Carl Humann brought the altar from what today is modern day Turkey to Berlin in 1878 where it was then reassembled and placed in a museum. It soon caught the eye of Adolf Hitler who used the altar as inspiration for his rally grounds in Nuremberg.

Approximately 1.5 million people visited the Pergamon Museum last year, making it Berlin’s most popular museum and the altar its top attraction.

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