Other Sites

Other Sites

We have seen so many things on our trip to Berlin. Here are some of my favorite stops that I haven’t yet mentioned.

The Bebelplatz is known as the site of the Nazi book burning ceremony held on May 10, 1933. Around 20,000 books were burned that day. Today there is an underground memorial located in that spot. The memorial is of an empty library.

The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin looks more like a huge work of art than a traditional memorial. It is about 5 acres of land covered with 2,711 concrete slabs. According to Wikipedia, “The stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.” It is an interesting place. The girls liked running in between the slabs. They tried to lose us in the maze of rectangles.

We went to the Pergamon Museum. There we were able to see the Ishtar Gate from the city of Babylon, built by King Nebuchadnezzar II. When I read about cities in the Bible I always imagine a dull, dirty city, with drab colored buildings. That was not the case with Babylon. The gates are a bright blue color, with colorful accents all over them. They were very impressive, and tall! LittleZabba was very interested in learning about various things in the museum. We had hand held digital tour guides. She walked around finding different items and then pushing the numbers to learn about it. (I think she liked pushing the buttons more than anything else.)

In the same museum we were able to see the Pergamon Altar, which is spoken of in Corinthians. There are many sculptures depicting various Greek gods and goddesses. Seeing both the Ishtar gate and the altar makes me want to read those sections of the Bible again.