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New life for Berlin museum
Queen Nefertiti
The Egyptian Museum houses Queen Nefertiti's bust
Renovation work is to begin on Berlin's Neues Museum, one of the city's last remaining war ruins.

The museum, which is housed on Berlin's museums' island, is expected to be ready to open again in 2009.

It was built between 1843 and 1859, but was damaged during World War II and has been left unused since then.

It is being restored by British architect David Chipperfield, who aims to ensure the outside of the museum will resemble the original building before it was bombed.

However the interiors will be completely modernised.

It will cost the German state 233m euros (161m) to restore the building, which is listed as a world heritage site by the UN cultural organisation Unesco.

When it is completed it will house Egyptian Museum and Pre- and Ancient History Museum collections, which are both currently located elsewhere in Berlin.

The most famous museum in Berlin is perhaps the Pergamon, which houses the huge Altar of Zeus and the famous Ishtar Gate from Babylon.

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