Amberland

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The Kaliningrad region is called by right the world's amber capital and there is a reason for that. Up to 95% of the world's amber resources are concentrated in our region.


You must have heard of the wonderful piece of art - the Amber Room - designed in 1701 by the order of the Prussian King Fridrich I.

The King's order said: 'Hereby we do royally express our wish to have an extraordinary thing created that has never been in possession of any of the sovereigns.' The first Prussian king became famous for his idea of 'prussiasness', which later spread from Prussia and received its acknowledgement in the rest of Germany.

In 1717, King Fridrich I sent the Amber Room as a present to Peter the Great of Russia. Later, during WWII the Amber Room reappeared in the King's Palace in Koenigsberg. It was rumoured to have been seen in the King's Palace's basements and then it disappeared again, having become another puzzling story of Koenigsberg.
You are likely to be told this amazing story in Russia's only amber museum, which occupies fortress Der Dona in Kaliningrad.

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A chance to get acquainted with the origin and the process of ex-traction of the sun stone from the ancient times up to the nowadays; a possibility to observe the best collection of six thousand amber displays and unique amber samples with inclusions of in-sects and plants; an opportunity to visit the amber mining factory and learn more about the process of amber mining and processing; and, finally, great souvenir stocks to purchase amber jewelry from for your close friends and relatives - aren't these reasons good enough to visit the amber capital?

Amongst other natural resources of the region are shelf oil deposits, peat moss and clay beds, mineral springs, rock salt beds and timber. The region's leading industrial brunches are fishing and fish processing, shipbuilding and repairs, electronics, electrical engineering, construction and agriculture.


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Inclusions in the amber

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Amber possesses an astonishing quality: for dozens of millions years it can retain unchanged small animals, especially insects and Arachnida, as well as vegetative remains that have been called inclusions. They are rarely found. The scientists have calculated that not more than 10% of the transparent amber contains inclusions. Amber pieces with inclusions have always been of great value.

Our Museum houses more than 3000 samples of amber pieces with inclusions.
Approximately 90% of the animal inclusions in the collection of our Museum are insects. Among them more than a half are dipterous: mosquitoes, flies. Quite often one can find caddis flies. They look like moths, they have numerous antennae, large complex eyes and long legs.
Our collection also includes representatives of the water fauna, for example a water-tiger. The Museum keeps quite a rare sample of the garden-spider. Besides insects, wool and hair of mam-mals as well as birds’ feathers can be found in the amber.
Only 0.4% among the inclusions are plants. In most cases they are parts of wood tissue and rind. Occasionally withered flowers, remains of leaves, needles, twigs and fruits can be found.

 





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      Generala Ozerova Str., 10
      Kaliningrad 236022,
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