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Peterhof (Petrodvorets)

Peterhof, St Petersberg
A Russian baroque garden, inspired by Versailles and designed by a pupil of Le Notre (Jean-Baptiste Le Blond). Peter the Great admired Versailles. For his own summer palace he chose a site with a good water supply. It stands on a natural terrace overlooking the Baltic. A fabulous marble cascade flows from the palace towards the sea, along the Samson canal. It symbolises Russia's conquest of the Baltic coast in the Great Northern War. The cascade is lined with gilded statues and leads to a basin with a gilded statue of Samson. On the south front of the palace there is a large parterre, allees, grass plots, basins, fountains and statues. This garden, like St Peterburg itself, is an amazing symbol of Peter's desire to make Russia a sophisticated European power. It contains 173 fountains. They line the canal and ornament the woods. Apart from the unintended symbolism of a poor country pouring water and gold into a northern ocean, and Samson's treatment of the lion, one can read little of Peter's barbaric personality, drunkeness or fondness for torture. Instead, one sees the enlightened side of his character. Petrodvorets was destroyed in the second World War but then rebuilt as a symbol of soviet imperialism.

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  • over 3 years by Shagufta Anjum 5 / 5

    Peterhof is a original beauty of Russia if u have beautiful soul u must give chance to your eyes to have the small vision of heaven. If I would have been Russian I would love to die or give my last breath away at that place. But my moral of the story is I love Russia and I love Russians they are second brothers and sisters. I love u people you have given me the love of life. Love u all.
  • over 6 years by Ann 5 / 5

    Peterhof is a wonderful place. The palace is very beautiful, and there are lots of different amazing fountains around. Really worth visiting!
  • over 6 years by peter 1 / 5

    19 year ago in 1990's in spt.27,1990's
    america 21 year old boy kid's tours visit former leningard's,USSR'S visit beautiful see peterhof palace in set.27,1990's in europe's. live in st.petersburg,russia live in 2009 and 18 year ago in dec.25,1991's former soviet union the end in nov of 1917's to dec.25,1991's in europe's.
  • almost 8 years by Rena 5 / 5

    Wonderful garden and museum. It's definetely should be in your plans if you are visiting St. Petersburg. The fountains are amazing, much more beautiful than in Versailles.
  • about 8 years by Anonymous 1 / 5

    you must pay for toilet facilities(in the museum!) visiting the palace-very strange,,,never seen in other places!
  • over 8 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    Peterhof is a wonderful experience. The palace and gardens leave one speechless
  • over 8 years by Boris 5 / 5

    Fabulous. Peterhof must be the best garden in Russia. Can it also claim a position of one of the top ten gardens in Europe?

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