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The Great Altar of Zeus in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin at My Favourite Planet

The reconstruction of the Great Altar of Zeus from the Pergamon Acropolis. Pergamon Museum, Berlin.

The remains of the 170 metre-long Gigantomachy frieze and the stairway to the Ionic colonnade entrance on the west side of the Great Altar of Zeus, reconstructed in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin.

The Great Altar of Zeus was built around 175 BC by Eumenes II to celebrate his victory over the Galatians (Gauls).

The Altar was excavated in 1871 by German engineer Carl Humann, who had its remains sent to Berlin.
 

The goddess Rhea in combat at My Favourite Planet

The goddess Rhea in combat.
Part of the Gigantomachy
frieze, on the southwest
corner of the front of the
Great Altar of Zeus.
 
Plan of the Great Altar of Zeus, Pergamon Acropolis, Turkey at My Favourite Planet

Plan of the Great Altar of Zeus, showing the original locations of the friezes.
 

Model of the Great Altar of Zeus in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin at My Favourite Planet

Model of the Great Altar of Zeus in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin [1].
 

Detail of the south side of the entrance stairway to the Great Altar of Zeus at My Favourite Planet

Detail of the south side of the entrance stairway to the Great Altar of Zeus
from the Pergamon Acropolis. Now in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin.
 

The site of the Great Altar of Zeus, Pergamon Acropolis, Turkey at My Favourite Planet

The site of the Great Altar of Zeus on the Pergamon Acropolis.

See photos on gallery pages 21 - 23.
 

Part of the architrave of the Great Altar of Zeus, Bergama, Turkey at My Favourite Planet

Part of the architrave of the Great Altar of Zeus that was not taken to Berlin.

Bergama Archaeological Museum. Inv. No. 2049.
   
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1. Model of the Great Altar of Zeus in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin

Based on a new survey of the area of the altar in Pergamon, 1988.
Fabrication of the model took ten months.
Scale: 1:20
Dimensions: 35.1 x 17.5 x 168.7 cm, including socle
Reconstruction: Wolfram Hoepfner, Seminar for Classical Archaeology, Freie Universität, Berlin
Model drawings: Jacek Koscuik
Preparatory work: Jürgen Giese
Coordination: Jerzy Jasienko
Production: COIA Sp. z o.o., Wroclaw, Poland
Architectural elements: Kazimierz Szyselko
Friezes and sculptures: Janusz Kucharski, Grazyna Jaskierska, Maciej Albrzykowski, Academy of Fine Arts, Wroclaw, Poland
Materials: Corian by DuPont, Poland, and a special mixture of acrylic and powdered marble
Consultants: Jacek Koscuik, Jerzy Jasienko, Technical University Wroclaw, Poland
 
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Additional photos: © Konstanze Gundudis

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Some of the information and photos in this guide to Pergamon
originally appeared in 2004 on davidjohnberlin.de.
 
 
See also
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photo essays about Turkey:

Istanbul Essentials part 1

Istanbul Essentials part 2

Istanbul Essentials part 3
with video

Ionian Spring part 1

Ionian Spring part 2

Ionian Spring part 3
 
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