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.