The Mystery Of The Amber Room

During World War II, Hitler’s Nazis stole some 600,000 pieces of art from across Europe. By the end of the war, billions of pounds worth of artwork had been scattered to the four winds, and while some pieces have been returned to their rightful owners, many are still missing. That includes a priceless collection of stunning amber panels, known as the Amber Room. The room was called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and one of Russia’s most treasured artifacts. The Amber Room dated back to 1701 and disappeared during the closing months of World War II. The room covered more than 590 square feet and was adorned with over 6 tons of amber valued at somewhere between $150 million and $300 million in today’s money. In 1979, the Soviet government ordered a replica of the room. Twenty-four years later and at a cost of $11 million, partly funded by the Germans, it was finally completed and installed in the Catherine Palace once again. Still, the hunt for the world’s greatest lost treasure is far from over.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

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Fact of the Day

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Food and Drink

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