Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Mystery of the Fabled Amber Room

The fabled Amber Room was a room that was made entirely of amber; a masterpiece of Baroque art. It was an extravagent gift given to Czar Peter the Great of Russia in 1716 by Frederick Wilhelm I, King of Prussia. Czar Peter of Russia was taken with its opulence and it forged a lavish gesture of friendship between Russia and Germany until the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. After remaining in the possession of Russia until 1941, the Amber Room mysteriously disappeared. What happened to it is not fully known. The amber panels were removed from the room and stored in Novosibirsk. Later, the room was crated up and transported to Kaliningrad. The amber panels were again moved in 1945 at the end of World War II and the room's trail was lost.

Why are people still searching for the Amber Room? Perhaps it's because the Amber Room was very beautiful (albeit in a kitschy sort of way). Another is that the panels are immensely valuable; estimates put their worth at about $300 million.

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