We arrived just on time for a nice concert which made a wonderfull impression with the running fountain.
It was one of the last time the fountain were opened before the long winter time.
The château Mon Plaisir was one of the first constructions on the site.
Visitors to Russia quickly learn that the churches have a captivating look to them. Colorful onion domes are a trademark around here. As we were departing from Peterhof on the main road back to St. Petersburg, I saw this church. It was so interesting, that I asked our driver to pull over so that I could get a photo. So far, I have not learned which church that was, but it was indeed very beautiful.
This 5-domed church is across the road and just east of the Peterhof Palace. It was built in 1905 in the neo-Russian style and is constructed of brick. It is one of the few cathedrals that survived the war. The exterior is lovely and worth a photo stop, but the interior is rather plain.
Address: 32, Peterburgsky pr. Peterhof St. Petersburg 198903
The Neptune and Mezhuemnyy fountains are located in the upper grounds. The upper grounds are located to the south of the Great Palace. . .away from the hydrofoil and Great Cascade. . .
The Neptune Fountain is the main draw on this side of the building, but it wasn't actually placed here until the mid-18th century. The statue itself dates from earlier though; it was erected in Nuremberg in 1658. Over a hundred years later, Peter the Great purchased it, as its water supply had run dry.
Once again, Peter and his landscape designers looked to Western Europe for inspiration. . .the fountains of St. Peter's Square in Rome, in this case. The base of this fountain is decorated with Roman-style masks and garlands. The fountain was largely destroyed during Nazi occupation, but was reconstructed based on drawings and photographs
Certainly the most unique of all the fountains that we saw (including the trick sprays), this cascade combines a chessboard base, vividly-coloured dragons and Greek statues.
The combined effect is that it looks like a ride in an amusement park, not a 300-year old fountain from an Imperial Estate.
You'll have to enlarge the photo to even get a glimpse of them, but the dragons are located near the top of the cascade. . .in green, red and other bright colours
Some 505 jets of water, staggered in 7 rows, work together to create the figure of a pyramid at this fountain. It was added to the grounds in the 1720s and was inspired by (as was much of the palace and grounds) a similar fountain at Versailles. The fountain was severely damaged during WWII, but it was repaired and water began to flow again in the 1950s.
There are benches surrounding this fountain, so it makes a particularly nice place to stop on a walk.
Although these fountains are not really "off the beaten path," I also didn't feel that they belonged in the "must see" section. . .other than the Grand Cascade, any walk through the grounds would be rewarding here. Whether you see the Adam Fountain, or any other, the result will still be that you find yourself in the midst of an impressively manicured garden.
We didn't make it to the Eve Fountain, but Adam is, in fact, accompanied by his partner. :-)