|The Amber Room, Tsarskoye Selo, Russia, Present Days|
Much has been written about the lost Amber Room, but the mystery remains. It was one of Russia's masterpieces of artistry until it vanished with the Nazi retreat. Now a magnificent replica has been created to rival the original.
Their work began in 1701 and continued until 1713, drawing on the King's existing amber stores and the best efforts of the most talented amber masters. When the old king died, the Amber Room was almost complete. When Frederick Wilhelm I came to power he was unmoved by the costly and ambitious project, rumor of which had by then traveled to eager ears in Russia. En his route to France, Russian Tsar Peter I visited Prussia in 1716, casting an admiring gaze on the Amber Room. He was asked then to accept the room as a diplomatic gift in order to cement the alliance between the two warlike states. After six weeks and a complex route - Berlin, Königsberg, Memel, Riga, St. Petersburg - the chests arrived at the Winter Palace.
It was later installed in the palace of Catherine the Great at Tsarskoye Selo, the opulent summer residence of the Russian royal family just outside St. Petersburg.
The Amber room's decorations consisted of handcrafted panels (made of gold and six tons of amber), Italian mosaics decorated with diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and covered 1,800 square feet.
|The Amber Room, Tsarskoye Selo|