These ornamental pillars are united after 240 years at Louvre Abu Dhabi


The Cippi of Melqart will be on display at the museum for a year

A pair of ornamental pillars have found their way back to each other after 240 long years. And it’s for the public to see at Louvre Abu Dhabi!

Marking 50 years of the longstanding diplomatic relationship between the UAE and the Republic of Malta, the Louvre Abu Dhabi announced two remarkable loans from the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta, Malta, and the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

For the first time since being parted in 1782, the pair, known as Cippi of Melqart, will be on display together at Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Speaking about the importance of the Cippi, Noel Zammit, Heritage Malta’s Chief Executive Officer, explained that the ornamental pillars, which date back to the second century BC, are a symbol of connectivity and dialogue between cultures, due to their role in deciphering the Phoenician language.

The display of the Cippi pair is available to the public for a year, from May 2023 to June 2024.

You don’t want to miss being a part of history!



31 May 2023 to 30 June 2024


Louvre Abu Dhabi


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