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.