Monday, July 18, 2016

Amber Room For Monday Mystery...!

Many, many treasures have gone missing over the years, never to be found.

Some were lost at sea, some were hidden by countries at war, and others have just disappeared without a trace. One of the biggest treasures to go missing was the Amber Room.

The Amber Room

The Amber Room, originally built in 1701 for the first King of Prussia, was a complete chamber decorated with six tons of Baltic amber, gold leaf and mirrors. The room, which took ten years to complete, was eventually moved to the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

During WWII, the Soviet Union attempted to hide the precious room behind plain wallpaper, but Nazi soldiers quickly found and disassembled the Amber Room in 36 hours. The room was never seen again.

Some believe the Amber Room was destroyed during heavy bombing during the war. Others say they possess pieces of the original paneling, but none of these claims have been verified.

One piece of the Amber Room puzzle was solved in 1997. A stone mosaic from the room was discovered in Germany.

(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Beautiful room, isn't it? Like so many other works of art, the war lead to it's disappearance. Who knows if it's location will ever be found?

Coffee outside on the patio this morning.


Chickenmom said...

Some of it is probably in someone's attic. Or vault. Waiting for thunderstorms to roll in this afternoon to cool it off a bit.

linda m said...

I feel that if it hasn't been found after all this time it never will. It probably was "chopped" up and sold to private collections. What a shame that war also destroys "art". Have a good one today.

JO said...

If it's true that it was found during war it was used for no good purpose and no it will never be found.

Had a good storm last night. Now it is nasty humid and anther storm to roll in later. See you on hte patio.

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
You are probably right about that. Gee, I wish we had some rain on he way!
Thanks for stopping by this morning!

Hey Linda...
That's more than likely the case. It's a shame really.
Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Jo...
That's sad but true, I'm afraid.
Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

Wars destroy more than art, they try to destroy humanity. There is nothing about war that is humane.

HermitJim said...

Hey Dizzy...
You are so correct, my friend.
Thanks for the visit this morning!

Terry said...

I believe it was actually in The Catherine Palace (Russian: Екатерининский дворец, Yekaterininskiy dvorets) is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 30 km south of St. Petersburg, Russia. It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars.

See the Wikipedia entries for both Amber Room and Catherine Palace.