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The sights of St-Petersburg
Peterhof is a world capital of fountains.
The world-famous palace, fountains and parks ensemble of Peterhof is an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18-19th centuries. Founded in the very beginning of the eighteenth century by Emperor Peter the Great not far from his new northern capital St Petersburg, Peterhof was intended to become the most splendid official royal summer residence.
Peterhof arose, as if by magic, rivalling in splendour the magnificent palace-park complexes of France, Germany, and Italy. Peterhof surprised Europe not less than the newly-built St-Petersburg. It was regarded as an artistic miracle and as a revelation of the creative abilities of the Russian people. During Peter's lifetime, Peterhof was already a symbol of the blossoming of a young, reformed Russia.
To create the Peterhof were invited a large number of eminent architects, artists, sculptors and Russian folk artists. Its beautiful parks, 176 fountains of various forms and styles and four cascades, majestic palaces, numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, remarkable collections of sculpture, paintings and works of small arts make Peterhof a real gem of art, often called the "Capital of Fountains", unique in world.
After 1917 the Peterhof ensemble was taken into state custody and turned into architecture and art museum. Nowadays, due to the unforgettable beauty of its fountains, parks and palaces, Peterhof has become the most attractive for numerous Russian and foreign visitors suburban royal park and palace ensemble of the northern Russia's capital.
More than 3 million foreign tourists each year visit Peterhof, and receive delight. Nothing like it in the world is no more!
Very impressive celebration of opening fountains at spring and celebration of closing fountains at autumn.