Welcome to another historical place of Saint Petersburg - Petergof (actually means Peter's city). The palace ensemble along with the city center is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace ensemble included the palace itself, few churches and a huge park with a big number of beautiful fountains and buildings. Petergof is sometimes referred as "Russian Versailles". We didn't get inside the palace, because at that day it was closed, but we had enough time to enjoy the beauty of the park, gardens and fountains. On the photo below you can see the main fountain ensemble Grand Cascade from the top. This is one of the biggest fountain cascades in the world. It includes more then 60 fountains, 250 statues and reliefs. Construction began in 1715 after Peter's order. The water from the fountains fall into a pool that is connected with the Sea Channel, that ends up in the Gulf of Finland. The fountain in the center of the pool is the main fountain of the Cascade - famous Samson Fountain. Cascade looks absolutely beautiful.
Few photos from the Upper Gardens
View on the Palace from the Upper Gardens
Nice alleys. They must look gorgeous when plants that cover them become green. Unfortunately the beginning of May is still too early for these northern places.
And Lower Gardens again. View from the alley near the palace.
Hope you enjoyed my Petergof story. Will be back soon with the next portion of Saint Petersburg beauties. Yes, I'm not finished yet :)
You can find my previous posts about our Saint Petersburg vacation here: Moscow part, Saint Petersburg - the City, The Hermitage Museum.