Peterhof Palaces and Parks

 

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The Peterhof Palace complex is located west from Petersburg, on a cliff over Finnish Gulf. Together with Petersburg city centre, it was enlisted on UNESCO Heritage List, in 1991.


The central point of the complex, finished in 1721 Grand Palace, was later extended during the reign of Catherine II. 
The gardens surrounding Palace are divided into Upper Garden and Lower garden, but in Peterhof from flowers or plants more important is water. The complex is famous from many fountains, the biggest of which is Grand Cascade, close to northern facade of Grand Palace. It's said, that Peter himself designed parts of this huge fountain, and some of decorations. The central, golden figure, of Samson defeating a lion, comes from 1735 and was built by Rastrelli as a symbol of Peter I defeating the Swedes.





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