Bode Museum - Berlin

In my opinion, The Bode Museum is the unsung hero of Berlin's Museum Island. Presenting European sculptural masterpieces from the early middle ages to the late 18th century, this neo-baroque building houses Italian Romanesque works, southern Germanic gothic pieces and sculptures spanning 12 centuries from Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire.

Hidden in Room 132 is the wonderful “The Fall of the Rebel Angels”. The intricately sculpted house altar is easy to overlook; carved from a single piece of elephant tusk encased in a richly ornamented gilded frame, it depicts religious scenes of a miniscule ivory St. Michael and his angels casting out Satan into the jaws of hell.

Am Kupfergraben, 10117 Berlin | Tues-Sun 10:00-18:00 | Thurs 10:00-20:00 | Hackesher Market (U1, U6) Friedrichstra├če (U1, U7) | www.smb.museum