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Discover Kaliningrad: History of the Royal Gate
February 27, 2018 14:46


The King of Prussia Friedrich Wilhelm IV took part in the laying of the Royal Gate on August 30, 1843. The gate was being built for 7 years. The rulers entered the city, handicraftsmen and peasants passed through that gate.

Being a part of the Second Defensive Rampart, surrounding the city in a continuous 15-kilometer ring, the gate witnessed the passage of various historical persons. The events from the history of Prussia, Germany, Russia, Poland, the Baltic States and the whole world intertwined there.

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The Second World War sharply changed the history and appearance of Koenigsberg, demolishing and destroying the monuments of architecture. The Royal Gate was no exception and had been in extremely poor state for a long time. In 2005 the image of the Royal Gate was chosen by the public as a symbol of the celebration of the 750th anniversary of Koenigsberg, nowadays known as Kaliningrad.

On February 10, 2005 this monument of architecture of XIX century was transferred to the Museum of the World Ocean for restoration. Then highly difficult work started. It was necessary to restore the lost fragments of the brickwork of the facade and internal rooms, lay communications, improve the adjacent territory, reconstruct the road junction, restore the sculptures of the crown-bearing rulers that adorned the facade of the gate. The best builders and restorers from Arkhangelsk, Gdansk, St. Petersburg were involved.

The work on creation of the exposition called “The Great Embassy” was carried out at the same time and virtually from scratch. Five months later the opening of the historical and cultural centre titled “The Great Embassy” at the Gate was at the same time the start of the celebration of the 750th anniversary of the city.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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