Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Berlin, The Final Leg of my Trip

I spent the last three days of my trip in Berlin, mostly visiting the spectacular Museums there plus the off Vathedral and Palace.

Here are some of the highlights.

I spent an entire day on Museum Island, the world renowned location of some of the most amazing g Museums in the world.

I walked in awe through the Ishtar Gate, reconstructed from the excavations of the original gate built around 500 BC in ancient Babylon.  This is actually the smaller of a double gate and their were eight gates into the city.  Fantastic.

 

This is the market gate of Miletus.
  

Conservation work on the Room from Aleppo.

 

Ancient Egyptian cat.

 

The actual skull of a Neanderthal.
 

I climbed 267 steps up to the top of the dome of the Cathedral, and down again.

 
 

Inside the dome. 

The view over the Museums.

 

Charlottenburg Palace.

 

The Golden Hall.
 

My favourite room in the Palace. 

The gardens. 

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.  This was a very moving experience and well worth visiting.
 

The outside of the beautiful Altes Museum.

 

The so-called "Berlin Goddess", a rare original 5th century BC statue complete with painted surface.

 

The rotunda of classical sculpture.
 

From the History of Germany Museum, the hat worn by Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.  He left it in his carriage when he fled the battlefield after his defeat. Wow! 

The Reichstag.

 

This concludes my photographic commentary of my five and a half week journey to Europe.  I hope you have enjoyed travelling along with me and thank you to those who have sent me comments.

Back to work now.

Dresden

Although I am now home, I need to catch you up on the rest of my trip.

We visited the city of Dresden for a wonderful day of sight seeing.  This city was all but destroyed by Allied bombing at the end of WWII.  There is now no sign of that destruction and many of the major city buildings have been totally reconstructed.  It is a beautiful city with great Museums.

 


 

 

The Cathedral has been reconstructed including the huge dome. This is the beautiful painting from the inside.

 



 

We saw the magnificent "Procession of Princes" which represents many of the rulers of the area through history.  This magnificent mural is over 100 metres long and is made of Meissen tiles.  It is an amazing sight.

 

 

 

 

We also visited the amazing Zwinger which served as the orangerie and exhibition buildings for the Dresden royal court.  The magnificent buildings were destroyed in the war but are now reconstructed.

 

 

I visited one of the most beautiful Museums I have ever seen, complete with full sized models of horses with jousting knights in full armour!

 

The displays included gorgeous equipment for horses, all hand embroidered.

 

 

 

 

 

And a few bejewelled treasures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

They certainly liked bling!

 

Loved this city.
 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Prague Castle

 

We visited the huge Prague castle complex, the number one tourist attraction in the Czech Republic, along with thousands of other people.  The queues stretched for a very long way as you can see above.

At least we had some local entertainment.

 

The Castle was the home and seat of government for many of the ruling families.  Some superb buildings all around this area.

 

 

The highlight for me was a visit to the Dom, the main Cathedral dedicated to St Vitus.  An amazing example of Gothic architecture, complete with gargoyles.

 

 

 

 

Love the door knob.  More queues.

 

Inside the stained glass was particularly magnificent and actually photographed well.  This one is a more modern window, being early 20th century.

 

 

This set of three beautiful doors had some very intricate carving, especially the faces.

 

 

 

The inside ceilings soared to the sky.

 

 

 

Amazing canopied sarcophagus, all in silver.

 

 

 

I loved this beautiful chapel for St Wenceslas.  It is covered in 1300 semi-precious stones.  Wow.

 

 

 

Really wonderful to visit this treasure.

 

Here is a rooftop view from the Castle, looking down on the Charles Bridge.  It is always full of pedestrians crossing over the bridge.

 

Changing of the Guard at the Castle.