Peterhof is located on the southern shore of the Finnish Gulf 29 kilometers away from St.Petersburg. The palace and park ensemble is a historical and architectonic monument of the 18th - 19th centuries.
Its construction started in 1714. During ten years the Lower Park with its canals and the Upper Park were laid out. Moreover, the Upper Chamber, the Palaces, Monplaisir, Marli, the Hermitage Pavilions, three fountain cascades, and other fountains were constructed. Such architects as J.B.Leblont, I.Brounstein, N. Miketthi, as well as the sculptor B.K.Rastrelli were the ones who implemented the ideas of Peters the Great.
In 1730-40 during the reign of Empress Anna Ioannovna, the Marli Cascade was decorated with marble, the Ruin Cascade was reconstructed to form the Dragon Cascade (Chess Hill), the Fountain Alley was formed in the Lower Park, and the Roman Fountains were erected. Five fountains with sculptures were located in the Upper Part. In 1735 Rastrelli installed the famous sculpture of "Samson tearing the lion's mouth" at Grand Cascade to honor the 25th anniversary of Poltava Victory over Swedish Troops.
Peterhof is the kingdom of fountains, the magical play of water that brings you back to epoch of Peters the Great. It is famous also through brilliant interiors of Empress Elisabeth.
The Grand Palace museum:
Tel: +7 812 420 0073
Open: 10.00 - 17.00
Closed on MON and on the
last TUE of every month
Other museums are open on
SAT and SUN: 10.30 - 17.00