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~ Amber Room at Catherine Palace ~

St. Petersburg, Amber Room One of the most stunning sights in St. Petersburg is the famous Amber Room in the Catherine Palace. The daedal panelling from amber covers an area of more than 55 square meters and has a weight of 6 tons!

The most elaborate designs, made from different types of amber, reflect the light in all possible hues and let the room  resplendently shine in a golden glow. This incredible work of art was also named the 8th wonder of the world.

But what we admire today, is a replica. The original Amber Room was ordered by Prussian king Friedrich I for his Palace at Charlottenburg. It was designed by German baroque sculptor Andreas Schlüter and constructed by the Danish amber craftsman Gottfried Wolfram. Between 1701 and 1712 it was installed in the Berlin City Palace. However, in 1716, the Prussian king Friedrich Wilhlem I gave it to the Russian tsar, Peter the Great, for an alliance against Sweden in exchange for soldiers with "guard measures" (very tall soldiers)!
It was not until 1743 that the Amber Room was at first installed in the Winter Palace and then in 1755 in the Catherine Palace, where it remained for almost 200 years.
In 1941, during World War II, the Nazis dismantled the room and brought it to Königsberg, where its trace got los after bomb attacks by the allies in 1944.

However, from 1976 onwards the Amber Room was reconstructed by Russian and German craftsmen in decades of work. Finally, on occasion of the 300th anniversary of the city of Saint Petersburg 2003, the new Amber Room was inaugurate by the Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

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