Sunday, 16 February 2014

The British Museum

My absolute favorite thing in the whole of London is the  British Museum. I could just spend a whole day there. It's just full of international culture and valuable wonders. I like their little audio tour guide at least you would know what's going on. It's a rich source for information and stories. It's only two pounds something to hire it if you have a student card. I think it's very worth it! Especially, that entrance is free. They also have some changing exhibitions every few months. Some of them require an extra fee to see. 

It's impossible to take a pic of just the entrance. It's always overloaded with people.
The design of it on its own is worth seeing. The building was completed in 1823 in the Greek Revival style. It was designed as four wings; North, South, West & East. In 2000, Norman Foster, an amazing English designer who is renowned internationally designed the glass dome reading room, which gave the building that contemporary touch making it a real example for two worlds colliding and creating wonderful architecture. 
Norman Foster
The impressive glass dome with its pattern that reflects on the white structure and flooring 

Here's a picture round of of a trip I took down the museum: 

Started the visit with checking out the Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone. This is what started languages!
It's always crowded around it and the protective glass makes it hard to take a proper pic
A try for a Rosetta stone close up
After that, I followed the path to the Egyptian heritage and saw so many pharaohs. Most pictures had million people passing through, so here are few close ups  

If you love the pharaohs so much,
you can buy a little cheesy pharaoh duck as a reminder
I continued to the section about Africa 

This actually spells an Arabic sentence! Can you see it?
It says المعرفة احلى من العسل  which means "knowledge is sweeter than honey" 

Look at how the artefacts displayed
I really wanted one of these!

Then headed to Asia section

Followed it with the Islamic World

Old Arabic script
This is pretty interesting if you are into Arabic calligraphy
The 99 names of Allah written in Arabic
Close up!

I really loved all these patterns 

 Then to a picture gallery that was on at that time

At the end, the gift shop is a must!
The book stand in the gift shop is full of interesting looking books!
They are organized by historical era and country. 

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