Day 4 was so full that I've been intimidated to attempt to chronicle the highlights. I'll have to tackle it one venue at a time, starting with the British Museum. This post has been simmering away in my mind, and I've been researching more from home, so hopefully I can do the day justice.
I was up and out early, and hit the British Museum. It is an enormous building, and holds the most amazing objects from around the world. These guard statues from Assyria were incredible! The rediscovered ancient Assyrian palaces are such a treasure. I'm in awe of ancient people: the depth of their accomplishments impresses me here-and-now!
|Assyrian Palace guard statues, palace friezes in background. © Neil Howard|
I really enjoyed the ancient Egypt section, especially the early mummies. It's amazing that this young man's body has been preserved for almost 6,000 years. He made ancient Egypt relatable to me in a way that preserved mummies and sarcophagi did not.
The Parthenon sculptures and friezes are beautiful, and seeing a Parthenian column demonstrates the temple's tremendous size. This sculpture of reclining goddesses retains some original paint:
|Three Goddesses of Athenian Parthenon|
The British Museum used to house the British Library, with the Reading Room its hub. Now used for special exhibits, here's a panoramic photo as it was:
|I think that heaven must look like this|
The British Museum's covered courtyard, and Reading Room at center:
|Central Courtyard, © Greg Knapp|