Peterhof - Peter the Great's Palace St. Petersburg, Russia

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Peter the Great's Peterhof Palace near St. Petersburg

Peterhof Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia
Linda Garrison

The magnificence of Peterhof, Peter the Great's summer imperial palace on the Gulf of Finland on Baltic Sea, is somewhat reminiscent of Versailles near Paris. Peter the Great visited Versailles in 1717 and he returned to Saint Petersburg with many ideas for enhancing his own summer palace and grounds, which were already under construction. Peterhof Palace sits in 1500-acres of formal gardens and park 18 miles from Saint Petersburg, and its 173 glorious fountains are fed by underground springs that are 14 miles away. Like the Catherine summer palace, Peterhof was almost in ruins following World War II. However, many photos of Peterhof allowed reconstruction of the magnificent palace and park.Most visitors to Peterhof come with an organized group or guide for a half-day tour, riding a hydrofoil for 45 minutes along the Neva River one way and a tour bus the other. As shown in these photos, Peterhof and its park are well worth the visit.

Most visitors to Peterhof travel the 18 miles to the Grand Palace and Park with an organized group. The groups use a hydrofoil such as this one to zip down the Neva River to Peterhof's setting on the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The hydrofoil trip takes about 30-45 minutes. Seeing the Peterhof Grand Palace, fountains, and park from the water is breathtaking.

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Peterhof Park and Formal Gardens at Peterhof Palace

Peterhof Park and Formal Gardens at Peterhof Palace near St. Petersburg
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison

The grounds of Peterhof are filled with statuary and fountains. 

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Peterhof Grand Palace

Exterior View of Peterhof
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison

Much of Peterhof was designed by Rastrelli, the architect of the Winter Palace (Hermitage Museum) in St. Petersburg, so the style is similar.

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Main Staircase at Peterhof

Main Staircase at Peterhof
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison

Walking up the staircase in Peterhof's Grand Palace brings thoughts to mind of the thousands of imperial guests and royals who also entered the same palace.

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Throne Room of Peterhof

Throne Room of Peterhof, Peter the Great's Summer Palace near Saint Petersburg
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison

Every palace must have a throne room!

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Imperial Dining Room at Peterhof

Imperial Dining Room at Peterhof
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison

One of the many elaborate dining rooms in the Grand Palace at Peterhof.

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Peterhof - Drawing Room with Ornate Wallcovering in the Grand Palace at Peterhof

Peterhof - Drawing Room with Ornate Wallcovering in the Grand Palace at Peterhof near St. Petersburg
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison

 Can you imagine what this wall covering might cost today?

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Entryway and Main Staircase of Peterhof

Entryway and Main Staircase of Peterhof, Peter the Great's Summer Palace Near St. Petersburg
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison

 Every grand palace must have a grand entry, and Peterhof certainly has its share of gold leaf.

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Peterhof Breakfront Cabinet and Ceramic Stove in the Peterhof Grand Palace

Breakfront Cabinet and Ceramic Stove in the Peterhof Grand Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison

These ceramic stoves were very popular in imperial Russia and are seen in many grand palaces such as Peterhof, the Catherine Palace, and even in Uglich.

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Peterhof Portrait Hall

Peterhof Portrait Hall - One of the Many Fascinating Rooms at Grand Palace of Peterhof
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison

The walls of this room are covered with paintings of famous Russians and friends and relatives of Peter the Great.

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View of the Marine Canal at Peterhof

View of the Marine Canal at Peterhof
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison

The Grand Palace at Peterhof is connected to the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea by the Marine Canal.

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Peterhof - Sitting Room in the Grand Palace of Peterhof

Peterhof - Sitting Room in the Grand Palace of Peterhof Near St. Petersburg, Russia
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Tea Setting in the Grand Palace at Peterhof

Tea Setting in the Grand Palace at Peterhof
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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The Grand Cascade Fountains at Peterhof

The Grand Cascade Fountains at Peterhof, Peter the Great's Summer Palace near St. Petersburg
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison

A view from the Peterhof Grand Palace, looking down the Main Canal over the Grand Cascade to the Gulf of Finland

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Peter the Great's Oak Study in the Grand Palace at Peterhof

Peter the Great's Oak Study in the Grand Palace at Peterhof
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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The Grand Cascade Fountain at Peterhof

The Grand Cascade Fountain at Peterhof
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison

The Grand Cascade has 37 bronze sculptures, 64 fountains, and 142 water jets.

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Peterhof Park

Peterhof Park near Saint Petersburg, Russia
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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View of Peter the Great's Grand Palace and the Grand Cascade at Peterhof

View of Peter the Great's Grand Palace and the Grand Cascade at Peterhof near St. Petersburg
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison

Peterhof's design is much like Catherine's Palace and the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.

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Peterhof Park Fountain

Peterhof Park Fountain
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Small Pavilion in Peterhof Park

Small Pavilion in Peterhof Park
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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Peterhof Fountain in Peterhof Park

Peterhof Fountain
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison

One of the 173 fountains at Peterhof, most of which are located in the Lower Park between the Grand Palace and the Gulf of Finland.

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Peterhof Formal Gardens

Peterhof Formal Gardens
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison

Peterhof Park features both traditional English and French formal gardens.

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Peterhof Fountains Along the Marine Canal

Peterhof Fountains Along the Marine Canal
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison

Fountains line the Marine Canal connecting the Peterhof Grand Palace to the Gulf of Finland.

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Peterhof Swimming Beach

Swimming Beach near Peterhof
Peterhof Photo (c) Linda Garrison

Summer is short in northern Russia, and swimmers and sun bathers flock to the beaches and parks to enjoy the long sunny days.

This beach is near Peterhof Park and the hydrofoil dock.

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