Gothic mysteries of Koenigsberg

Gothic mysteries of Koenigsberg

The accident caused the Kaliningrad archaeologists to sensation. During the exploration of the ruins of the Royal castle, they discovered an underground tunnel, built in the early XIV century. Such a large-scale medieval buildings on the territory of Russia to discover yet succeeded. Where does the secret tunnel? And many mysteries of its Gothic arches?

Gothic medieval underground passage discovered in the heart of Kaliningrad. It came across archaeologists who studied ruins of ancient Royal castle. Scientists call the find unique. Such medieval buildings previously never been found in Russia.

Medieval underground passage leading to the river was Amazing and, according to archaeologists, goes deep into the earth. The way out is most likely in one of the halls of the Cathedral on Kant island. A secret tunnel, according to experts, was built in the early XIV century by order of the Prussian king.

“This could be the move that led from the Royal castle towards the Cathedral. He could have arranged for safe messages to the main temple to the ruling dynasty could move out of the castle,” suggests archaeologist Anatoly Valuev.

It is noticeable that at a later time, the tunnel has been repeatedly restored. It was equipped with fasteners for electrical wires and water pipe for pumping water. Probably strengthened it for a reason.

During the war the castle was kept the Amber room, exported by the Nazis from Catherine Palace. An underground tunnel could serve as a hiding place for the legendary treasure and other cultural artifacts disappeared in the end of the Second world war. But while to solve these mysteries will fail — a few meters from the entrance of the underground hole littered with bricks and probably even bricked up. Did it work in Soviet 60-ies, after receiving the indication of the regional Committee of the party ideologically alien to blow up the building.

“Look what a hole. We were fifty meters – damp, dark. Well, not gone — filled up and everything,” recalls foreman Kaliningradstat in the 1960s and 1970s, Vitaly Ivanov.

Vitaly Ivanov admits that the 67th was responsible for the demolition of the ruins of a unique castle, in the chambers which in 1511 the Prussian king for the first time took the Russian ambassadors from the Prince Vasily III. But then about the historic value of the legendary buildings wasn’t thinking, and, laying several tons of explosives, it blew up.

Today, the unique world cultural heritage decided to preserve and zakonservirovat ruins, a Museum under the open sky. “Our goal is to make sure we are not lost to future generations for the second time this historic facility,” said Deputy Minister of culture of the Kaliningrad region Andrey Popov.

The first excavations of the castle cellars have already shown. It is the cellars, a German restaurant and many unique finds, such as the window handle of the compression latch that could hold Peter himself who repeatedly visited the Royal castle of Konigsberg.

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