‘Amber Room’: Can Russia’s ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ Lost in World War 2 Still Be Recovered?

The Amber Room, the 18th century art work, was installed in Russia as a gift to Tsar Peter the Great from Prussian King Frederick William I. However, the chamber mysteriously disappeared after Nazi looting.

The fate of Russia’s lost Amber Room, which was once described as the “Eight Wonder of the World,” remains a mystery, with some historians doubting that it will ever be recovered.

The stunning 18th-century chamber decorated in amber was assembled in Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, a royal residence not far from St. Petersburg, after being gifted to Russia by Prussian King Frederick William I.

An expert from the Amber Room Museum, Tatyana Suvorova, explains: “According to the law, appropriation of amber even collected on the beach, was strictly punished, even leading to execution.”

“The 16th to 19th centuries were a flourishing time for amber processing when aristocratic objects were made from this ‘sun stone.’”

But the Amber Room suffered a tragic destiny. In 1941, it was looted by Nazi Germany’s Army Group North and transported to the former German city of Konigsberg, present-day Kaliningrad, and erected in Konigsberg Castle, where it remained on display until 1944.

“Konigsberg was a transfer base for looted cultural objects, which would be stored in the city for further transportation to other parts of Germany,” says Anatoly Valuev, a researcher from the Kaliningrad History and Arts Museum.

But as the city was engulfed by fire at the…

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