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Old and New Photographs of Southern Syria

Freie Universität Berlin's Collection of Classical Sculpture Casts Opens Photo Exhibition Documenting 1895 Journey to Southern Syria

№ 56/2012 from Mar 15, 2012

At Freie Universität Berlin’s Collection of Plaster Casts of Ancient Sculpture a special exhibition will open Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. It is devoted to "Hermann Burchardt’s Journey to Southern Syria." Anyone with an interest in the subject is welcome to attend the opening or view the exhibition during regular opening hours. There is no admission fee.

The Damascus Branch of the Orient Department of the German Archaeological Institute is showing early photographs made by the German traveler Hermann Burchardt (1857–1909) during a journey to the Middle East. In 1895 Burchardt traveled through southern Syria and documented his journey with photographs. In the current exhibition, selected images from Burchardt’s journey are on display along with modern photographs of the monuments.

The Collection of Plaster Casts of Ancient Sculpture is part of the Institute of Classical Archaeology at Freie Universität Berlin. Currently, the collection has about 2000 plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculptures. It serves primarily for training and research, but also functions as a museum, making the sculptures of antiquity available to a broader audience.

Time and Place

  • Friday, March 16, 2012, 7 p.m.
  • The exhibition will run from March 17 to April 8, Thursdays through Sundays, 2-5 p.m. Free admission.
  • Collection of Plaster Casts of Ancient Sculpture, Freie Universität Berlin, Schlossstraße 69 b, 14059 Berlin

Further Information

Lorenz Winkler-Horaček, Curator, Collection of Plaster Casts of Ancient Sculpture
Institute of Classical Archaeology, Freie Universität Berlin,
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-53714/2, Email: