Germany: Berlin museum restores ancient Roman gate
Date: 10/19/05 at 8:08PM
BERLIN Oct 19, 2005 — Officials from Berlin’s Pergamon Museum announced plans Wednesday to dismantle and remove much of its famed Market Gate of Miletus over the next year and a half and to spend the next 10 years restoring it.
The towering Roman gate, built around 120 A.D. as the entrance to the market square in the Aegean coastal city of Miletus in what is now Turkey, is one of the museum’s chief attractions.
But metal supports built decades ago are sagging dangerously.
In the next three weeks, workers will cut a hole in the 75-year-old museum’s southern exterior wall.
Through it, they will pass 58 of the gate’s marble blocks weighing about 110 tons to load them onto flatbed trucks and take them to an offsite facility for restoration.
Source: ABC site