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A Great Privilege

I was privileged to stay in St.Petersburg (Leningrad then) for about a year when I served in the Soviet Army as a soldier there (1984-1985).
How can one miss visiting such an architectural gem as Peterhof during such a long stay in St.Petersburg?
I paid several visits there and each time I took a hydrofoil to Peterhof (Petrodvorets then).
It was an unforgettable experience.
There's so much to see there!
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Peterhof was called Petrodvorets in Soviet times when I visited it.
It?s one of the famous environs of St.Petersburg.
Peterhof is often referred to as a palace-and-park complex.
Its beautiful gardens and parks, splendid palaces, picturesque fountains and exquisite pavilions are famous all over the world.
Peterhof is not far from St.Petersburg: about twenty miles to the west.

Samson Rending the Lion

This figure stands on a granite rock in the middle of the large fountain in the Great Cascade.
The rock is three meters high.
Samson is depicted with his muscular arms. He is forcing open the lion?s jaws from which a twenty-one-meter jet of water shoots upwards.
There are eight guilded dolphins at Samson?s feet.
You can see four niches at the base of the pedestal (the rock) where you can see lions heads. They symbolize the four parts of the world. Streams of water stream from their jaws.
This fountain, the tallest and the biggest of all fountains here, became one of the symbols of Peterhof.
The fountain is a symbol of Russia?s victory in the Battle of Poltava in 1709.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful gardens and parks, splendid palaces, picturesque fountains and exquisite pavilions
  • Cons:You need several days to see and to enjoy all the beauty
  • In a nutshell:A monument to Russia'a victory and labor
  • Last visit to Peterhof: Jul 1991
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Odiseya's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2015 at 2:31 AM

    I visited too! Great place, I agree!

  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    I have such fond memories from visiting in the late seventies... Very different times so a return visit would be great

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Peterhof is probably my favorite palace in the world, I love the fountains!

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    The fountains look magnificent. The photos you linked to were excellent, what a beautiful place

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Oh this looks so beautiful - I love the fountains!

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Off the beaten path RU, Victor. Hope to get in this neck of the woods soon.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Lovely Peterhof travel page! Grand Palace certainly looks stunning from your photographs. Thanks also for visiting our Egypt travel page. ~ho & pang

  • nada1712's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Yes I have visited Petrodverets..it is a simply wonderful palace and gardens

  • amsor's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2009 at 4:50 AM

    very nice place !

  • TheTravelSlut's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2009 at 8:15 AM

    Great tips and pics and you bring back great memories to me! Ann, The TravelSlut :-)


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