Love Bling and Gold? Visit Catherine Palace
The amber room is probably the most famous room in the Palace of Catherine the Great. It was used as a study. King Frederick William of Prussia gave Peter the Great the original inlaid amber panels after Peter admired them in a room in Frederick's palace. The 16-foot jigsaw-looking panels were constructed of over 100,000 perfectly fitted pieces of amber.
Regal Amber Room Marks Decade of New Life
Ten years ago, on May 31, 2003, the Amber Room at Tsarskoye Selo near St.Petersburg was open to the public. The Amber Room has, in a sense, been a symbol of Russian-German relations for almost three centuries. It was originally created in Prussia, then given to Russia, then stolen by the Nazis during World War II and later restored by Russian craftsmen. Photo (2003): the Amber Room of the Catherine Palace, Tsarskoye Selo Museum, the town of Pushkin (outside St. Petersburg).
18th Century Love
Amber room - Catherine Palace. The reconstructed Amber Room (the original was destroyed during WWII) is decorated completely with amber panels, mirrors, and gold leaf. The Catherine Palace (Russian: Екатерининский дворец) was the Rococo summer residence of the Russian tsars, located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km south-east of St. Petersburg, Russia.