Samarra

The city of Samarra, which lies approx. 125 km north of Baghdad, is one of the most formidable Islamic art history and archaeology sites, and served as a temporary seat of government for the Abbasid caliphs. The largest and most significant empire in all Islamic history was governed from here, with a geographical range from North Africa to the western part of Central Asia.

VOICES AND MEMORIES OF SAMARRA

Voices from Samarra sharing their memories and wisdom with us.

Ernst Herzfeld: Große Moschee, Südfront, 1911, Glasnegativ, 13 x 18 cm, Museum für Islamische Kunst, Inv. Nr. Pl. Sam 307

SAMARRA REVISITED - RESEARCH

Excavation photographs help archaeologists and provenance researchers in research work.

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SAMARRA REVISITED - COMPARE

Which resources help with classifying subjects?

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SAMARRA REVISITED - LOCATE

Formidable sites of Islamic archaeology!

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Samarra Revisited

What actually happens behind the scenes in the museum? The special exhibition "Samarra Revisited - New Perspectives on the Excavation Photographs from the Palaces of the Caliph" opens a very personal insight of the employees into the museum work.

Ernst Herzfeld: Balkuwara, Zimmer 19, 1911-1913. Glasnegativ, 13 x 18 cm, Museum für Islamische Kunst, Inv. Nr. Pl. Sam 258

SAMARRA REVISITED - QUESTIONING

How can the photos be linked to current social discourses?

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SAMARRA REVISITED - JOY

Enjoy and be inspired!

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THE CAPITAL OF A GLOBAL EMPIRE OVER TIME

He who sees it is delighted!

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DIGITALISING SAMARRA

All of the 1.500 or so preserved photographs of two excavation campaigns are now available for the first time.

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From Samarra to Berlin

The provenance of stucco decorations from the caliphs' residence in Samarra to the Islamic section of the Royal Museums in Berlin.