Amber Room? #WhereintheWorld Revealed!

 

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Today’s answer is….Catherine Palace, located in St. Petersburg, Russia! The palace is named for Empress Catherine I, who ordered its construction  in 1717. Subsequent empresses who inhabited it made additions and renovations that make the palace the grand, baroque palace it is today.

The Amber Room of Catherine Palace wasn’t initially built in Catherine Palace itself. The Amber Room was originally installed in Charlottenburg Palace, which was home to Friedrich I, the first King of Prussia. Peter the Great admired the room on a visit to Charlottenburg, and the King of Prussia decided to gift it to Peter, which symbolized the Prussian-Russian alliance against Sweden in 1716. The room was shipped to Russia in 18 large boxes, and after a moving a few times, the Amber Room found it’s home in 1755 in the Catherine Palace, where it resides today.

Comments

  1. John Montgomery
    Indiana
    March 16, 2015, 11:45 am

    I thought there was another Amber room that was missing due to the Nazis. Am I mistaken? Is that a legend? Or was I mistaken?
    I would love to see this. It looks incredible.

  2. Deb
    Massachusetts
    March 16, 2015, 6:39 pm

    I visited this palace several times. It was one of my favorite tourist stops in St. Petersburg. The grounds of that palace are gorgeous as well. I’ll never forget it!

  3. smhenderson
    Massachusetts
    March 17, 2015, 11:22 am

    There are many stories of the nazis stealing the Amber Room. I have never heard that there were two, and that the real one has never been found, probably destroyed due to it’s fragile condition.

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