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Discover Kaliningrad: the Royal Gate
February 28, 2018 14:46


Nowadays the Royal Gate not only tells us about the emergence of Koenigsberg-Kaliningrad and its development at the crossroads, it is a museum with open exhibitions; solemn book presentations and wedding ceremonies are held there, and the Kaliningrad Consular Corps has chosen the Royal Gate as a venue for the annual celebration of the Diplomat’s Day.

And this is due to the diplomatic history of the museum that had lasted for 300 years and is presented in a permanent exposition titled “The Great Embassy”. The exposition tells about the visit of the Great Embassy of Peter I and other outstanding people to Koenigsberg by the, about the emergence of Russian diplomacy in the city, about the long-standing bonds of this land with Russia.

Since July 2005 the three “historical fathers” of the city have been looking at it from the gable of the Gate: Ottokar II Přzemysl, the King of Bohemia and founder of Koenigsberg Frederick I who ascended the royal throne in Koenigsberg with the help of Peter I, and the last Grand Master of the Teutonic Order that became Duke Albrecht - the founder of the first secular Lutheran state in Europe. Their sculptures have been recreated from scratch by hard labor and high skills of the restorers from the Hermitage. Right next to the Royal Gate there is an exhibition building of postern.

A postern (derived from the French word “poterne” meaning “a closed passage in the form of a gallery” in fortifications) was a part of the defensive ring that protected Koenigsberg of XIX century. During the postwar period it was abandoned, just like the gate, and used as a warehouse: the building was gradually destroying. Now it works as a hall for temporary exhibitions, a place for conducting workshops for children and schoolchildren as well as cultural events.

The visitors of the Royal Gate are greeted by the famous Prussian Cat - the key-keeper of the city. The Cat brings luck to those who stroke this sculpture.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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