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Peterhof

Listed under Castles & Palaces in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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After visiting Versailles it is clear that Peter the Great’s Peterhof does qualify for the title of ‘The Russian Versailles’. The same ornate water features litter the perfect lawns and classical pillars and statues, some covered in gold leaf, lead up to the same grand chateau style palace.

The main fountain, called The Grand cascade is modelled on Louis XIV’s Marly Chateau, underneath which there is a museum detailing the construction of Peterhof’s fountains which work by harnessing the natural pressure built up from underground springs. Though undoubtedly grand the fountains are also playful - many intending to soak un-wilily passers by.

The main palace is the Grand Palace which is built long and narrow to make the most of its prime views over the gardens. This palaces 30 rooms contain some unusual pieces of art and a generous collection of eastern and Asian artefacts.

Even in the busy summer season the fountains are only on for part of the day, so ensure you don’t miss them.

Official Peterhof Website.

Written by  Karina.

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