Palaces, Saint Petersburg
Aprovechando el sistema natural de agua corriente , que está canalizado con un sistema de canales , embalses y tuberías , que no utiliza bombas y aprovecha el sistema de vasos comunicantes permite que haya agua suficiente para alimentar 180 fuentes y 4 cascadas que hacen que se pueda llamar este palacio la Capital de las Fuentes
Paseando se pueden ver muchas fuentes como la de Adán y Eva , la de Neptuno , las fuentes Romanas , la de los patos , la pirámide , la montaña Dorada , la Cascada de los dragones ...
Las fuentes con truco les encantan a los niños que se divierten y acaban completamente mojados . Algunas funcionan inesperadamente , otra es un banco con un paraguas que te moja cuando te sientas debajo o una mesa con frutas que te moja al intentar coger una
Taking advantage of the natural system of current water, which is canalized by a system of channels, reservoirs and pipelines, which does not use bombs and takes advantage of the system of communicating glasses , it allows to feed sufficient water for 180 sources and 4 waterfalls that names this park as the Fountains Capital
Walking in the park you may see fountains as that of Adam and Eve , the Pyramid , of Neptune, the Roman fountains , of the ducks, the Golden Mountains , the Waterfall of the dragoons...
The fountains with trick are the pleasure of the children who amuse themselves and finish completely wet. Some of them work unexpectedly, other one is a bank with an umbrella that wets you when you seat below or a table with fruits that it wets you when you try to take one
Transporte : En el muelle que está detrás del Hermitage , se toman los Meteor (hidrofoils) que por 300 rublos y en 30 minutos , te llevan por el golfo de Finlandia hasta el embarcadero de Peterhof . ( Muy sencillo )
Entradas : Los billetes se sacan en el muelle cuando se llega al Palacio. Para visitar los jardines no suele haber grandes colas y el precio son 7.5 euros a los jardines y 13 euros al palacio.
Fuentes : asegúrate que cuando vayas a ir estén funcionando las fuentes
Tiempo : "Buena suerte"
Transport: In the wharf that is behind the Hermitage, you may take the Meteor (hovercrafts) that for 300 rubles and in 30 minutes, take you through the gulf of Finland up to Peterhof's pier. (Very simple)
Tickets: You can get the tickets in the tickets office that is in the wharf when it when you arrive to the Palace. To visit the gardens there is no big queue and the prices they are : 7.5 Euros for the gardens and 13 Euros for the palace.
Fountains : Be sure that the fountains are working at the time you are planning the visit
Weather : "Good luck"
Peterhof significa "La corte de Pedro "
Pedro el Grande decidió hacer un palacio " a la medida del más grande de los monarcas " e inspirándose en Versalles , ordenó su construcción en la que participaron arquitectos como Le Blond y Rastrelli
Al desembarcar en el muelle lo primero que se ve es la perspectiva del Palacio con la fuente de La Gran Cascada ( Impresionante ) , que desciende desde el palacio hasta el mar
La Gran Cascada tiene 37 esculturas que originalmente eran de plomo , que no aguantaban las inclemencias del tiempo , así que decidieron fundirlas en bronce dorado , 64 fuentes y 142 juegos de agua
En el centro de la fuente está Sansón luchando con un león y simboliza la victoria de Rusia a Suecia en la batalla de Potlava
Peterhof means " The court of Pedro "
Peter the Great decided to build a palace " to the measure of the biggest of the monarches " and inspired by Versailles, it arranged his construction in which great architects took part as Le Blond and Rastrelli
As you arrive to the wharf , the first thing that you see is the perspective of the Palace with the fountain of The Great Cascade (Impressive) , which goes down from the palace up to the sea
The Great Cascade has 37 sculptures , that originally were of lead, which were not bearing the inclemencies of the time , so they decided to cast them in golden bronze, 64 sources and 142 water games .
In the centre of the source there is an sttue of Samson fighting against a lion that symbolizes the victory of Russia to Sweden in Potlava's battle
Catalina la Grande regaló a su hijo , el Gran Duque Pablo esta finca y le prestó a su arquitecto Cameron para que construyera el palacio y el parque
Cameron hizo un parque de estilo Inglés con bonitos paisajes y dando la sensación de un parque agreste que está lleno de pabellones en los que organizaba sus fiestas privadas , ruinas románticas y balcones panorámicos sobre el río
Está a las afueras de San Petersburg y cerca del Palacio de Catalina , por tanto la visita se puede hacer en el mismo día
Catherine the Great gave to his son, the Great Duke Paul this property and also borowed him his architect , Cameron in order to build the palace and the park .
Cameron did a park of English style , with nice landscapes and giving the sensation of a rural park where there are pavilions , in which they organized private parties , romantic ruins and panoramic balconies on the river
It is on San Petersburg's suburbs and near Catalina's Palace, therefore it is possible to do both visits in the same day
Los jardines tienen dos partes bien diferenciadas , un jardín Francés con un diseño geométrico ,de amplias calles simétricas , con bonitas estatuas que se atribuye a Rastrelli y otro jardín de estilo inglés , hecho con la colaboración de Cameron , que ocupa la mayor parte del parque y tiene paisajes mucho más naturales .
En los jardines hay lagos , estatuas y pabellones como la Galería de Cameron , el Baño Turco , el pabellón "Grotto", el teatro Chino , la Dacha de Puskin ...
El gobierno de Holanda regaló tulipanes de todos los colores a la ciudad de San Petersburg , estaban todos los parques llenos de flores que los hacían aún más bonitos en primavera
The gardens have two well differentiated parts, a French garden with a geometric design, of wide symmetrical streets, with nice statues that was built by the Rastrelli team and another garden of English style done with Cameron's collaboration, which occupies most of the park and has much more natural landscapes.
In the gardens there are lakes, statues and pavilions as Cameron's Gallery, the Turkish Bath, the pavilion "Grotto", the Chinese theatre, the Dacha of Puskin...
The government of Holland gave as a present tulips of all colors to San Petersburg's city, so all parks were full of flowers that made them furthermore nice in the spring
Extravagancia , lujo y opulencia
Salones inmensos , recargados , de estilo Rococó , espejos , calentadores y con oro por todas partes hacen que la visita valga la pena , aunque haya muchísima gente
Todavía hay partes del palacio que no están reconstruidas pero hay muchos salones que se pueden visitar como el Gran Salón , el Comedor de los Caballeros , el Verde , la Capilla Real ... El más famoso , aunque quizá no sea el que más te impresione es el Salón de Ambar , que está completamente reconstruido , basándose en fotografías de la época , pues el original desapareció durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial
A pesar de tener más de seis toneladas de Ambar , que recubren todas sus paredes , ha sido un Salón viajero y con muchas historias pues el original fue trasladado de Berlín al Palacio de Invierno en San Petresburgo hasta que Catalina lo vió y decidió que lo trasladara un grupo de soldados a hombros hasta su Palacio . El original fue trasladado a Alemania y aquí se le pierde la pista aunque la leyenda dice que está en una mina cerca de la frontera con la República Checa protegido de trampas y minas como en las películas de Indiana Jones
Extravagancy, luxury and opulence
Immense Lounges, overloaded decoration , of style Rococo, mirrors, heaters , murals ...and with gold everywhere makes the visit very interesting , though there are lot of people
Yet there are parts of the palace that are not reconstructed but there are many lounges that can be visited as the Great Lounge, the Dining room of the Gentlemen and the Green one, the Royal Chapel...
The most famous, though probably it is not the one that more impresses you is the Lounge of Amber, which is completely reconstructed, being based on photographies of the epoch, since the original one disappeared during the Second World war
Despite having more than six tons of amber, covering all the walls, it has been a traveler Lounge with many stories , as the original was moved from Berlin to the Winter Palace in St. Petresburgo until Catherine saw it and decided that to take by a group of soldiers on their shoulders to his palace. The original was moved to Germany and here you lose the track although legend says it is in a mine near the border with the Czech Republic protected with traps and mines like in the Indiana Jones movies
El Palacio de Catalina , que está a las afueras de San Petersburgo es una de las visitas obligadas
Estos edificios de estilo barroco los hizo el arquitecto Rastrelli en 1752 , aunque posteriormente también trabajaron otros arquitectos como Cameron y después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial se hizo un trabajo importante de reconstrucción , que está muy bien hecho
Está formado por varios edificios en el que contrastan los colores del barroco ruso: azul, blanco, dorado...... y en sus muros se pueden ver atlantes, columnas y grandes ventanales ornamentales
Catherine's Palace, which is in the suburbs of Saint Petersburg is one of the obliged visits
These buildings of baroque style were done by the architect Rastrelli in 1752, though later also other architects worked as Cameron and after the Second World war there was done an important work of reconstruction, which is very well done
It is formed by several buildings ,with the brilliant colors of the Russian baroque: blue, white, golden ...... and in his walls it can be seen atlantes, columns and big ornamental large windows
Located on the southern corner of Nevsky Prospekt and the Fontanka river, is the pink Belozersky Palace.
This was the last private palace constructed on this multi-palatial street and was completed in stages between 1840 and 1848.
A rococo building, I loved the muscular Atlantes supporting Corinthian columns.
The interior has been restored. I haven't been inside, but read that its as elegant as the exterior!
Many of the walls are carved and all of the doors are decorated. Especially interesting are the front stairs in the entrance hall, the large and small Golden sitting rooms, the Purple, the Green and the White Halls and the Great Mirror Hall which is used for concerts.
Located next to Panteleimonovsky Bridge is St. Michaels Castle / Mikhailovsky Castle /Engineers Castle.
A former royal residence for Emperor Paul I, this Castle looks different from each side as the architects used the motifs of various architectural styles, such as French Classicism, Italian Renaissance and Gothic.
St. Michael's Castle was built to the south of the Summer Garden and replaced a small wooden palace of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna.
Emperor Paul 1 was always afraid of being assassinated, so this royal residence was built like a castle, with rounded corners in which a small octagonal courtyard is located. The castle was surrounded by the waters of the Moika River, the Fontanka River and two specially dug canals (the Church Canal and the Sunday Canal), transforming the castle area into an artificial island which could only be reached by drawbridges.
I guess Paul1 had reason to be scared, as only 40 nights after he moved into his newly built castle, he was murdered in his own bedroom, by a group of dismissed officers. The conspirators forced him to a table, and tried to compel him to sign his abdication. Paul offered some resistance, and one of the assassins struck him with a sword, and he was then strangled and trampled to death.
St. Michael's Castle was abandoned, and in 1823 was given to the army's Main Engineering School
In the early 1990s, St. Michael's Castle became a branch of the Russian Museum and now houses its Portrait Gallery, featuring official portraits of the Russian Emperors and Empresses and various dignitaries and celebrities from the late 17th to the early 20th century.
Open: Wednesday to Sunday (inclusive) 10am - 6pm
Mondays 10am - 5pm.
We are now travelling by Boat past the small Summer Palace of Peter the Great. Peter moved into the partially completed palace in 1712 and spent summers here until his death in 1725
This Palace was built between 1710 and 1714, and is set in the summer garden. The Park is nothing much now, overgrown with marble statues and park pavilions, but in the early 18th century, the garden was much more formal and was filled with trimmed trees and bushes, fountains and even a grotto. The park was the site of social gatherings of St. Petersburg's nobility, prominent citizens and guests of the city. This included enormous feasts, concerts, fireworks and all manner of entertainments.
The palace stands on the bank of the Fontanka River where it flows into the Neva River. During the time of Peter the Great a small harbor was constructed next to the entrance to the palace, enabling the Tsar to sail right up to the front door of his residence.
It is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
If you have not pre-arranged a guided tour, tickets can be purchased in a little green booth opposite the palace.
Open: 10am to 6pm
Closed: on Tuesdays and the first Monday of each month
It was thirsty work walking around these big gardens on quite a warm day.
I needed a drink, and sure enough, our guide knew where to go! She took us to a food stall that sold hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks.
Trouble for me, they only took rubles, so she bought the water for me, and I paid her in euros, something for you to remember!
It also gives the option to eat cheaper in the gardens, if you so wish!
In the 1730s, the large Samson Fountain was placed in the pool below the grand cascade. It depicts the moment when Samson tears open the jaws of a Lion, representing Russia's victory over Sweden in the Great Northern War.
The golden figure of the Lion is part of the Swedish coat of arms, and one of the great victories of the war, was won on St Samson's Day.
From the lion's mouth shoots a 20-metre-high vertical jet of water, the highest in all of Peterhof.
This masterpiece by Mikhail Kozlovsky was looted by the invading Germans during the Second World War, so a replica of the statue was installed in 1947.
Catherine's Palace, located outside of St. Petersburg in Pushkin, is a remarkable restored landmark that travelers should see. We were blessed by good weather and the tour through the palace and walking the grounds was a pleasant respite from the crowds of the Hermitage. A fire, initiated by a German bomb, gutted the building in the Second World War. Surprising to me, Stalin the Communist restored the palace to its monarchist glory. We were told that it took 40 years. After the tour and walking the grounds, you depart past a number of shopping choices while still on the grounds. We found the selection of high quality. We also liked that it was discreetly sited and did not interfere with the enjoyment of the palace.
it is in the south of St Peters, a bit of outside of Pushkin. We took metro to Moskovskaya on blue line, then took one of the buses or mini buses to Pushkin, they are on the other side of the sq that has a Lenin stature, #545 is one of them, which was the one we took.
but to be safe, ask the hotel to write it down in Russian, and show it to the driver, locals simplely call it the Palace. The driver will stop and let you know where to get off.
About 12 miles away from St Petersburg is Pushkin, where Catherine the Great's Palace is situated, an easy taxi ride from the city. The entrance sort of reminded me of Willy Wonka's factory entrance----A really must see item on your St Petersburg itinerary---do it with a guide or on your own and take your time-----
In the back are gardens and pools and statues that are also must sees in good weather..