Rus News Journal

Leaders of the states examine the Amber room

Vladimir Putin and the leaders of the foreign states who have arrived to Petersburg on commemorating 300 - letija, examine the Amber room in the Ekaterina`s palace.

leaders of Russia and Germany the first of honoured guests have stepped over a threshold of the Amber office which destiny is connected with both these countries.

honoured guests carefully study details of unique amber furniture. They briskly talk and exchange opinions. Explanatories to heads of the states are given by the director of the State memorial estate Ivan Sautov and employees of a museum.

the amber office/ amber panels 4 an ornament of interiors/ has been presented to Peter I by Prussian king Fridrihom Wilhelm I in 1716. In 1755 the Amber office has decorated one of halls of the Big palace in Imperial village. During the Second World War the Imperial village has been occupied, the Amber room has been disassembled and sent in east - the Prussian city of Kenigsberg. Till now its destiny is unknown, searches have not given any results.

in 1979 the Ministerial council of RSFSR has made the decision on a reconstruction of the Amber office. In 1983 the main architect of the Ekaterina`s palace Alexander Kedrinsky - one of the few who C the Amber room - has started creation of the project of restoration of a room. To realise idea of the architect there were experts " the Tsarskoje Selo amber workshop ".

Means for a reconstruction of the Amber office went from the federal budget. For 20 years it has been spent 7,85 million US dollars. In 1999 the agreement, on which German firm " has been signed; Rurgaz AG " invested on end of WRK on restoration of the Amber room about 3,5 million US dollars.

the memorandum of end of WRK on a reconstruction of the Amber room has been signed on May, 13th. The first the amber miracle was C by veterans of the Great Patriotic War: Within the limits of Victory Day commemorating the Amber room have visited about 400 war heroes.