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Peterhof, Peter the Great's Palace of Peterhof near Saint Petersburg, Russia

Summer Imperial Palace of Peterhof Designed by Peter the Great

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The magnificence of Peterhof, Peter the Great's summer imperial palace on the Gulf of Finland on Baltic Sea, is somewhat reminiscent of Versailles near Paris. Peter the Great visited Versailles in 1717 and he returned to Saint Petersburg with many ideas for enhancing his own summer palace and grounds, which were already under construction. Peterhof Palace sits in 1500-acres of formal gardens and park 18 miles from Saint Petersburg, and its 173 glorious fountains are fed by underground springs that are 14 miles away. Like the Catherine summer palace, Peterhof was almost in ruins following World War II. However, many photos of Peterhof allowed reconstruction of the magnificent palace and park.

Most visitors to Peterhof come with an organized group or guide for a half-day tour, riding a hydrofoil for 45 minutes along the Neva River one way and a tour bus the other. As shown in these photos, Peterhof and its park are well worth the visit.

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Neva River Hydrofoil on the Way to Peterhof PalaceNeva River Hydrofoil Transports Visitors to and from PeterhofPeterhof Park and Formal Gardens at Peterhof Palace near St. PetersburgPeterhof Park and Formal Gardens at Peterhof PalaceExterior View of PeterhofPeterhof Grand PalaceMain Staircase at PeterhofMain Staircase at Peterhof
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