Reconstruction of Peter the Great's Amber Room opens in Paris

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A reconstruction of  Peter the Great's famed amber office opened at the Parisian residence of Russian Ambassador to France Friday. The opening ceremony was organised by the Russian Ministry of Culture and was held on the eve of the Days of the European heritage, which kicked off in France. During the opening ceremony, it was noted that amber has long been used for the creation of diplomatic gifts, with the Amber Room being one of such gifts.

First built for King Frederick Wilhelm the First of Prussia's palace in Berlin, the Amber Room was presented to Peter the Great by his Prussian allies, in 1716, as part of securing their alliance against Sweden in the Great Northern War. Under the reign of Empress Elizabeth, the Amber Room was embellished and the panels were complemented with the Florentine mosaics. Catherine the Great then moved it from St. Petersburg's Winter Palace to her new summer residence in Tsarskoye Selo. During the WWII, the Amber Room was looted by the Germans.