Sunday, October 25, 2009

diary of an adventure to Eastern Europe.. Part 16 Petrodvorets ( Peter's Palace ) ...... St. Petersburg, Russia

The City of St. Petersburg is a fascinating place that  dazzles the eye with its architectural landmarks, museums, palaces, wide avenues, parks, spectacular bridges and stylish monuments. It is very hard to see everything in such a short stay in St. Petersburg. But I can give you a list of what to see ----the essential things.... you should not miss....

and our next stop is PETRODVORETS otherwise known as Peter's Palace. We arrived at Petrodvorets around 3 pm and it was drizzling. As usual when we toured the palace they asked us to leave our umbrellas, coats and jackets at the cloak room and we were given plastic covers for our shoes so as not to soil the immaculate wooden flooring of the palace. We were not able to take any photos inside the palace. I was able to take photos of the garden instead.

the main entrance to the palace...

It is also known as the Versailles of Russia and the summer palace of Peter the Great. Everybody knows about the Versailles in France but have you ever heard of the Russian Versailles??? It is another " must see " when you are in St. Petersburg. It is also known as PETERHOF...The modern name is Petrodvorets. It was founded in 1814 by Peter the Great. Peter saw the versailles when he travelled to France and he was very impressed so he decided to have his own version of the Versailles in St. Petersburg but on a larger scale.

The main attraction here at Petrodvorets is the lower park with 150 fountains and four cascades. The main cascade is in front of the Great Imperial Palace which was the summer palace of Peter the Great.

The fountains are decorated with gilded statues of Greek and Roman gods and heroes.

When the sun is shining , the visitors are astonished at the site of the whole cascade with its gilded statues glistening in the sun. This I am  sure you will not find it anywhere else in the world... NOT even in VERSAILLES.

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