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Russia's Jewel Box: A Resurrected Amber Room Glows With History and Mystery
The Washington Post ^ | May 29, 2003 | Susan B. Glasser

Posted on 05/29/2003 8:21:50 AM PDT by xeno

Edited on 05/29/2003 8:25:40 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Hidden for now behind a white screen from the prying eyes of visitors to Catherine Palace, the painstakingly re-created Amber Room glows with the yellows, oranges, reds of the late-afternoon sun. Intricately carved frames of amber showcase four elaborate mosaic pictures made of semiprecious stones. Amber roses and amber people and amber landscapes festoon the walls.

It is, as museum official Yuri Dumashin put it today while marveling once again at its baroque extravagance, "the world's biggest jewelry box."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: amber; amberroom; germany; godsgravesglyphs; russia; wwii
I have not been able to get the photo to post, but it is worth seeing on the Washington Post homepage. Maybe a more technology savvy FReeper can help?
1 posted on 05/29/2003 8:21:50 AM PDT by xeno
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To: xeno
Amber, the translucent fossil resin left by long-extinct trees . . . ,

Pine trees are extinct?

2 posted on 05/29/2003 8:27:28 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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3 posted on 05/29/2003 8:28:53 AM PDT by Bommer (Tom Dasshole is a Domestic Enemy!!!)
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Here's a link to more pictures. Caught in Amber ... Ente Gallery

4 posted on 05/29/2003 8:29:43 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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I've seen the malachite and lapis rooms at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. This one must be just as spectacular.
5 posted on 05/29/2003 8:35:01 AM PDT by EggsAckley ( Midnight at the Oasis)
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I thought the amber room (the amber panels) was lost in WW-II. when did they find it?
6 posted on 05/29/2003 9:02:21 AM PDT by camle (no camle jokes, please...OK, maybe one little one)
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Thanks for the link.

I'm so glad the Amber Room was finally found. Resplendant!!!
7 posted on 05/29/2003 10:09:09 AM PDT by headsonpikes
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I thought the amber room (the amber panels) was lost in WW-II. when did they find it?

It was, and they didn't. According to Fox News (over lunchtime), the Russians have been re-building it lately for this anniversary.

8 posted on 05/29/2003 10:28:57 AM PDT by Chemist_Geek ("Drill, R&D, and conserve" should be our watchwords! Energy independence for America!)
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