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Bode-Museum Presents Architectural Treasures from Abu Mina

Small pilgrim bottle with a depiction of Saint Menas flanked by two camels, clay, 5th–7th century
(© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst, photo: Antje Voigt)

Bode-Museum presents "Two Camels and a Saint: The Antique Pilgrimage Site of Abu Mina in Egypt" in collaboration with Museum für Byzantinische Kunst. The exhibition features selected architectural sculptures, pilgrim’s souvenirs, and everyday objects from Abu Mina.

Abu Mina, located about 45 kilometers southwest of Alexandria, is one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites of late antiquity. It owes its name to Saint Minas, a martyr in the 3rd century. A city with a religious centre gradually grew up around his tomb toward the end of the 4th century . 

Late in the 4th century BCE, the tomb of Saint Menas developed into one of the major pilgrimage sites of Late Antiquity – Abu Mina, just outside of Alexandria. Until its destruction during the period of Persian occupation in the early 7th century, countless believers from across the entire Roman Empire made the pilgrimage. Afterwards, a new township emerged upon the rubble of the former city.

This exhibition comes after a seminar report on the adventurous rediscovery of the pilgrimage site in the early 20th century by a group of students from the Egyptology Seminar at the Free University of Berlin.

"Two Camels and a Saint: The Antique Pilgrimage Site of Abu Mina in Egypt" is on view through March 31, 2019 at Bode-Museum, Am Kupfergraben, 10117 Berlin.

For details, visit:  http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide-venues/283854/museum-overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.