The Amber Room was designed in a baroque style by German sculptor Andreas Schlüter. Originally installed at Charlottenburg Palace for Prussian King Frederick William I, in 1716 this incredible work of art was gifted to Russian King Peter I to cement the Prussian/Russian alliance against Sweden.
During WWII, Jews in Budapest were brought to the edge of the Danube, ordered to remove their shoes, and shot, falling into the water below. 60 pairs of iron shoes now line the river's bank, a ghostly memorial to the victims. | 'Shoes on the Danube Promenade' by Can Togay and Gyula Pauer