Peterhof

Peterhof is located by the Gulf of Finland about thirty kilometers from St. Petersburg. Peter the Great built the Mon Plesir summer palace, where he stopped on his way to Kronstadt. Kronstadt was a harbor where he went abroad to find inspiration for building his new great future kingdom.

Peterhof The Grand Palace, main building in Perterhof
The Grand Palace, main building in Perterhof
Peterhof View from the Grand Palace
View from the Grand Palace
One of the golden statues in front of the Grand Palace
One of the golden statues in front of the Grand Palace

Versailles of St. Petersburg

Later, Peter built a large palace and park in the area, which was said to imitate the Versailles. Other rulers expanded the parkland and added buildings to it. it is built in the 18th and 19th centuries. The thousand-acre area of ​​the palace area has about thirty buildings and pavilions that are decorated with over a hundred statues.

Versailles, inevitably, was not a model. The absolute power of the king was reflected in the geometric shape of the  plants in Peterhof Park Area. But King wanted to submit see and water to his will. Peterhof was a symbol of the new Russia, which the army had achieved a great victory over the Swedes in  recent war.

The sea, water with its fountains is a key element of Peterhof, and the cascade of golden statues in front of Petarhof’s Great Palace reflects the Russian sea power.

Peterhof Park in Perterhof with its shaped bushes and trees
Park in Perterhof with its shaped bushes and trees

The Peterhof palace area is divided into upper and lower parks, the latter of which have many fountains that have been inventively built. Water is sprinkled from sources without pumps and Peterhof has thus been not only an architectural miracle but also a wonder of engineering.

Peterhof fountain
Peterhof Chessboard  fountain
Chessboard fountain
Peterhof Pyramid fountain
Pyramid fountain
Peterhof Golden fountain
Golden fountain
Peterhof Fountain of Lions in Greek colonnade
Fountain of Lions in Greek colonnade
Peterhof Fountain of the sun
Fountain of the sun

Peterhof was used by court and the ruler as his summer residence until the Russian Revolution.

Nowadays, Peterhof is a popular site for tourists as well as local people in St. Petersburg. There are numerous museums in the area, the main one being the Great Palace, which has the same splendor as the Hermitage indoors. There is free access to Peterhof’s upper park, but the lower park is an entrance fee. The best way to get to Peterhof is by the water bus departing from Neva river, near Winter Palace which takes about 40 minutes in one direction.