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The 'New Museum' in Berlin was built between 1843 and 1855 according to plans by Friedrich August Stüler, a student of Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Itīs located on the Museum Island, a museum complex added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1999.

At the beginning of World War II in 1939 the museum was closed, and then was heavily damaged during the bombing of Berlin. It remained a ruin for several decades. Plans for reconstruction started in 1986 and the work started in 1999. The rebuilding was overseen by the English architect David Chipperfield. The museum officially reopened in October 2009.

Apart from Prehistory and Early History collections, the museum includes a large Egyptian exhibition, as it did before the war. Since the reopening the number of daily visitors is far beyond expectation. There are lots of great artifacts to be seen, but I suppose, most of the people simply come to see the star of it all: the iconic bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti.

Does it make sense to capture something that has been captured a million times before? Well, I donīt know. But I had to do so, though images can only give an imagination, how it looks in reality. Itīs simply a timeless beautiful piece of art.