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    Grand Palace

    by sparkieplug24 Written Jul 18, 2006

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    The Grand Palace is the largest of Peterhofs building and was built on the orders of Peter the Great in 1714. Although the building was designed by Peter the Great this was not one of his favourite buildings and he preferred to stay in one of the smaller buildings while staying at Peterhof. Peterhof was designed as a summer residence and the main prupose of the main building was to show how powerful russia was. The Grand Palace today is a museum full of lots of interesting rooms with paintings of the Russian Royal family over the many centuries as well as lots of interesting artifacts such as chairs, cutlery, crockery etc used by the Royal Family

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    The Gala Dining Room

    by aukahkay Written Jun 24, 2006

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    Gala Dining Room
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    Peter the Great entertained his guests in the Gala Dining Room. Many of the original porcelain crockery were destroyed by WWII but what is displayed today is what remains. Each piece of crockery is adorned with the Russian imperial coat of arms.

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    The Throne Room, Grand Palace

    by aukahkay Written Jun 24, 2006

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    Throne Room at the Grand Palace
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    The Throne Room is a huge magnificent room dangling with chandeliers where Peter the Great received audiences. At the end of the room is the throne in red velvet adorned with embroidery of the coat of arms of the Romanovs, the double headed eagle.

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    Grand Cascade and Water Avenue

    by aukahkay Written Jun 24, 2006

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    The 400m long Water Avenue
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    The centerpiece of Peterhof is the Grand Cascade and Water Avenue, a symphony of over 140 fountains and canals engineered by Peter the Great himself. There is a statue of Samson tearing open a lion's jaws celebrating Peter's victory over the Swedes at Poltava. The 400m long Water Avenue, which feeds the fountains, opens right up to the Gulf of Finland.

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    The Great Orangery

    by annk Written Apr 2, 2005

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    Orangery fountain at Peterhof

    This statue and fountain located at the Orangery depicts Tritan struggling with a sea monster. It sits in a round pool surrounded by stone and a four pointed star of tufa. At the star points are 4 bronze turtles, which appear to be watching the contest.

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    Grand Cascade

    by annk Updated Apr 2, 2005

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    Grand Cascade

    The Grand Cascade is the centerpiece of the gardens and is situated in front of the Grand Palace. It is gravity-fed and flows down a canal which continues to the Baltic. It represents one of the largest grouping of fountains in the world and is quite a spectacle when fountains are turned on.

    Fountains run from early May to early October.

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    Grand Cascade

    by sswagner Updated Jan 4, 2005

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    Grand Cascade

    This is the heart of the whole palace complex. Several fountains are set in the front and center of the main palace building. The largest fountain is the Sampson fountain which shows the figure prying open the mouth of the beast. This symbolizes the Russian defeat of Sweden that secured the future of St. Petersburg. The mist will often create a rainbow and clearly, this is the most popular place at the palace. It is good to see it from both above and below to appreciate the fountains.

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    Palace Tour

    by sswagner Written Jan 4, 2005

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    Palace of Peterhof

    Over the years, the palace has undergone extensive restoration since taking on damage during the German advance to Leningrad. There are many fine rooms in the interior. You can see a throne room, a dining room, a bedchamber, and several themed rooms. My favorite was the study of Peter the Great, which is the room with the globe. Peter travelled to other countries to get a better understanding of the world he lived in. He took the knowledge of his travels back with him to make Russia a great country.

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    State Rooms

    by Canadienne Updated Aug 19, 2003

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    Blue Dining Room?

    There is some uniqueness to a few of the rooms ~ the Picture Hall, Chinese Studies and Oak Study in particular ~ but the others are a variation of the one photographed here. The height of luxury: sumptuous fabrics, exquisitely detailed decorations. . .but little character to bring the room to life.

    Still, you can set your own pace on the walking tour. . .and the estate offers other delights, outside of the palace, as well.

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    Oak Study

    by Canadienne Updated Aug 19, 2003

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    Oak Study

    In contrast to the other rooms of the palace, Peter the Great's Oak Study is simple, functional, and very rich in character. It was one of the more interesting rooms to us, precisely because it felt used and "lived in," a feeling that many of the other rooms weren't able to convey. It is one of the only rooms that is in its original form, virtually unchanged since the initial design and construction of the palace.

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    The Picture Hall

    by Canadienne Updated Aug 19, 2003

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    Rotari Portraits

    The Picture Hall was the most interesting (to us at least!) of all the rooms ~ it was re-decorated in 1764 with the portraits (by Count Pietro Rotari) of 364 women.

    The roof in this room is very high, so the floor to ceiling effect of the paintings is stunning. There's also a wide variety in the ages, expressions and costumes of the women who posed for Rotari. . .it's definitely worth pausing to examine them.

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    Grand Cascade & Marine Canal

    by Canadienne Updated Aug 19, 2003

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    Grand Cascade & Marine Canal

    From the terrace of the Great Palace, you can look back over the route you have just covered, from the Gulf of Finland to the palace door.

    Note the tour groups (Russian & Spanish were the languages we heard) in the right of the photo. If they join you in a palace room, it's best to stand back and let them pass. They'll be led at a quick pace (and given viewing priority), so it's easier to do that than to try to rush ahead of them.

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    The Palace

    by Canadienne Updated Aug 19, 2003

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    The Palace

    Known today as the Great Palace, the main building of Peterhof was actually not Peter the Great's favourite (nor does today's estate look anything like his original design, thanks largely to Elizabeth I's alternations and additions).

    Although he designed the Palace (and Petersburg) after the fashion of Western Europe, his personal tastes were more modest and he spent most of his time in the smaller building called Monplaisir (closed during our visit).

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    Grand Cascade Sculpture

    by Canadienne Updated Aug 19, 2003

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    Grand Cascade Sculpture

    Aside from the statues, there are also 64 fountains and 142 jets of water making up the Grand Cascade

    The fountains are usually turned on from May to October, but, if it is important to you, I would recommend calling first. I will freely admit that if the fountains had not been running, I wouldn't have been nearly as satisfied with the visit.

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    Grand Cascade & Terrace

    by Canadienne Updated Aug 19, 2003

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    Grand Cascade & Terraces

    There are 37 gilded bronze sculptures in the Grand Cascade. When the full display came into view for the first time, in all its polished glory, I actually had to stifle a laugh. They are incredibly shiny!

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