Reconstruction of the Amber Room
In the early 1980s, serious work on recreating the Amber Room based on
old photographs and reminiscences was undertaken in the Catherine Palace,
but the lack of funds threatened to put an end to the works. The process
was left to the fate, but it seemed to be merciful to the Amber Room's
re-creators. Ruhrgas AG, Essen, Germany, made it possible to reconstruct
the legendary Amber Room. As exclusive sponsor, the gas company is provided
funds for the continuation of the reconstruction work, and the completion
is scheduled for 2003.
Ruhrgas had learned about the project through the newspapers and approached
the Tsarskoe Selo Museum about it. During the ceremonies, the Russian
Minister of Culture, Vladimir Yegorov, emphasized that "Ruhrgas's
initiative sends a positive signal for German-Russian relations because
the Amber Room is both a legend and a symbol of the huge loss of art treasures
suffered by Russia during the war.
History works wonders: the Germans built the Amber Room, gave it to Russia
as a gift, eventually took it, and the circle now comes full with the
Germans paying for the Amber Room's reconstruction. The Amber Room history
is symbolic of the ups and downs in the relationships between Germans
and Russians, and let this history end with the up!
> History of the Room's Creation
> Mystery of the Amber Room
Brief story of the Amber Room since it appeared in Tsarskoje Selo and
till 1941, when it disappeared from the Palace.
The Amber Room
Info on amber as the lightest gem in the world, and its physical
Enjoy the wonderful Amber Room - several photos glowing with the
Catherine Palace - Third Suite of Apartments
The Amber Room was situated in the third suite of the Catherine
Palace. Read about the contents of the Room.
the Trail of the Amber Room
Attempts to find the Amber Room continue, and BBC Europe correspondents
announce the results of the investigations.