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.
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.
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 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.