Peterhof is perhaps St. Petersburg's most spectacular imperial estate. Nestled on the shore of the Gulf of Finland (part of the Baltic Sea), the palace was built on a sixteen-metre-high bluff lying less than a hundred metres from the shore.
The palace was initially built by Peter the Great as a resting place. Some buildings still retain the modest style of “Peter’s Dutch”. First Peter, and then Elizabeth, intended to rival the famous Versailles in France, so the garden was decorated with fountains operating without pumps while the palace was redecorated by F. Rastrelli in the glamorous style of “Elizabeth’s Baroque”.
Peterhof reminds us both of the epoch of Peter with his passion for the sea and water, and the time of generous and frivolous “Merry Empress”, Elizabeth.
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