Babylonian palms


A line of Babylonian palms can be found at the entrance to the Klosterstraße U-Bahn station. It's a little something unexpected! For more murals, check out Monday Mural.


Although the palms have a very Art Deco appearance, the design actually comes from those found in King Nebuchadnezzar's Babylonian palace circa 604 - 562 BC! The tiles were installed in the Berlin U-Bahn in 1913 by architect Alfred Grenader.

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  1. They look very Art Deco. I can't read German but if the date on the poster is the date it was created it's about the right era.

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    1. They were put in the U-Bahn in 1913, but the original design is from the Babylonian era circa 604 - 562 BC. We have a whole museum full of stuff plundered from antiquity here in Berlin. I think this was part of the "leftovers". ;-)

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  2. It is very different and unexpected!

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  3. Is it glazed or painted. Babylonian decoration was glazed but a bit difficult with those bricks I think or the whole wall was painted first and then shuffled into the oven.

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  4. Unexpected! Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  5. Very stylish and pretty.

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  6. Elegant but if you hadn't said they're palms I probably would have never guessed. ;)

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  8. Lovely and quite unexpected to be found in an underground station!

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  9. One passing look and memory before boarding the train.

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  10. Hi Halcyon,
    The mural is very pretty and so is the station - thanks for the link.
    Have a Wonderful Week!
    Peace :)

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  11. Berlin is a tour of architectural history. I'd like to see it again - there is a chance we might get there next year,

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  12. Love the style and the rhythm of the repeated motif. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

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  13. Gorgeous tiles. Hope they aren't hidden away.

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  14. Looks like a touch of art deco hidden away

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  15. Nice decor. I assume this is art nouveau rather than art deco, but it has the feeling of both.

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