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Gorgeous Peterhof. The Russian Versaille

The fantastic park full of fountains, the Grand Palace and a number of smaller splendid buildings are ready to receive you as an honored guest moving you over to the days of Peter the Great, his daughter Elizabeth and such emperors as Nicolas the First in whose days Peterhof lived through another flourishing époque. If you want to have a relaxing day come to visit the park only with the unique fountain system without any pumps at all. More than one hundred hectares of the Lower Park are full of fountains and cascades. Every cascade keeps its stories and mysteries…
Stunning landscapes inspired by Versailles, embodied in Peterhof…
…And its palaces!

Open:
Park: 09:00-19:00
Fountains: 11:00-17:00
Oct-May: fountains are closed

Grand Palace. The Grand Centre Of The Grand Ensemble

The worst hit palace as a result of the Second World War, the Grand Palace, nevertheless keeps its splendor and gorgeous atmosphere nowadays.
The largest of Peterhof palaces dates back to the époque of Peter the Great. His Oak Study is one of the most valuable rooms in the enfilade. Eight of fourteen oak-carved panels created in his life time preserved to our days. In the middle of the 18th century Peter’s daughter Elizabeth commissioned her favorite architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli to enlarge the palace and decorate the rooms in the Baroque style. The Main Staircase, the Dance Hall, the Audience Hall are reminders of her époque. Time passed and in the 1760-1770s many interiors were redecorated in the then fashionable Classical style. New emperors, new taste, new fashion… The palace lived through a number of redecoration and reconstruction works in the 19th century.

Today you can see the combination of styles of the emperors following each other, i.e. Peter’s Dutch style, opulent Baroque, austere Classicism, diverse Historical…

Address: 2 Razvodnaya ul., Peterhof
Open 10:30-17:00
Closed on Monday, last Tuesday every month

Still, there are so many other lovely museums in the parks in Peterhof. Here you will find their list and short description:

Marli, An Idea For Guests

Constructed in 1720 to the design of Johann Braunstein this small palace was intended for the honored guests. In the second half of the 18th century it became a depository for items belonging to Peter the Great. You will see pieces of furniture of his days, everyday objects, paintings, etc.

What’s in a name? It was named after Marly-le-Roi, the French royal residence visited by Peter the Great during his trip to France in 1717.

Open 10:30 - 17:00
Closed on Monday, last Tuesday every month
Winter time: open on Sat and Sun

Hermitage Pavillion, Secluded Place

The first Hermitage in Russia was constructed within 1721-1725. The idea belonged to Peter I who was inspired by such fashionable pavilions in Europe. The name (from French “a place of seclusion”) explains the function. It was intended for intimate and secret receptions. The main exhibit is the dining table with restored lifting mechanism, and of course the original paintings decorating the walls of the upper hall.

Open 10:30 - 17:00
Closed on Monday, last Tuesday every month
Winter time: open on Sat and Sun

Monplaisir, Peter’s Favorite

According to historians Peter the Great was a modest tsar and preferred smaller constructions for living. He also wanted his palaces to overlook water since of four elements he loved water most of all. He called it first the Dutch house due the resemblance of its facades and decoration to a small dwelling in Holland. Monplaisir ("my pleasure") is the oldest building in the oldest part of the Lower Park. The construction of the palace lasted within 1714-1723 and the year of its completion was marked by the first gala festivities held in Peterhof.
It was the favorite palace of Peter I and he himself chose the site for the construction and laid out the building. The embodiment of tastes, life style, habits of the Emperor is full of items of those days and pieces of art. The relic of Peter’s époque.

Open 10:30 - 17:00
Closed on Wednesday
Winter time: closed

Catherine Block, Classical Exercise

Close to Monplaisir you will find another imposing building. Named after Catherine II (from here Count Orlov took her straight to Saint-Petersburg to organize the coup d'etat that finally brought her to the Russian throne) it was intended for parties, balls, receptions, as well as for a short-term stay. The Classical building is also associated with the Russian-Napoleonic campaign. Apart from the collection of furniture, clocks, porcelain items you will be attracted by one of the biggest porcelain services ever. The Gouriev service numbers over 5000 items, the main motif of decorations represents peoples of the Russian Empire.

Open 10:30 - 17:00
Closed on Tuesday
Winter time: open on Sat and Sun

The Cottage Palace And Its Quiet Gothic

This cozy and home-like palace, the favorite summer residence of Nicholas I and his wife Alexandra, is located in a quiet corner of the Alexandria Park, not far from the Grand Palace ensemble.

The palace is an evidence of another flourishing époque in the history of Peterhof. The park, former hunting grounds, was the gift of Nicolas I to his wife, Prussian Princess Charlotte who got the orthodox name of Alexandra Fedorovna. The park then was named Alexandria in her honor.
Constructed in 1826-1829 by Adam Menelaws it had always been a true private place. Its Neo-Gothic style reflects the tastes of Alexandra and her passion for the Medieval époque and chivalry.

Address: Alexandria Park, Peterhof
Open 10:30 - 17:00
Closed on Monday, last Tuesday every month
Winter time: open on Sat and Sun

Bath Block, The Evidence Of Everyday Life

The Russians love traditional banya (steam bath). Historically, the bath houses were an integral part of palace complexes. This bath house was constructed as one of the service buildings adjoining the Monplaisir palace. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries it was modified a number of times and today you will see inside the bathing pool and shower-bath, cold-water bathrooms and Russian steam-bath, as well as the Assembly Hall, Palace kitchen and coffee house.

Open 10:30 - 17:00
Closed on Wednesday
Winter time: open on Sat and Sun

Treasure Gallery, Gems And Jewels

It is located in the Coat-of-Arms Pavilion of the Grand Palace. The former private apartments of Catherine the Great were turned into the treasury housing the collection of nearly 800 items including pieces created in the Faberge workshop, throne chairs, diplomatic gifts, costumes and dresses, royal jewelry, etc. Among the most distinguished exhibits is the dress heavily embroidered in gold threads weighing 16 kilograms. To wear it, a young lady had to fit her waist in unbelievable 40 centimeters.

A small number of rooms but precious…Extremely precious.

Open 10:30 - 17:00
Open 10:30 - 17:00
Closed on Monday, last Tuesday every month

The Cottage Palace And Its Quiet Gothic

This cozy and home-like palace, the favorite summer residence of Nicholas I and his wife Alexandra, is located in a quiet corner of the Alexandria Park, not far from the Grand Palace ensemble.

The palace is an evidence of another flourishing époque in the history of Peterhof. The park, former hunting grounds, was the gift of Nicolas I to his wife, Prussian Princess Charlotte who got the orthodox name of Alexandra Fedorovna. The park then was named Alexandria in her honor.
Constructed in 1826-1829 by Adam Menelaws it had always been a true private place. Its Neo-Gothic style reflects the tastes of Alexandra and her passion for the Medieval époque and chivalry.

Address: Alexandria Park, Peterhof
Open 10:30 - 17:00
Closed on Monday, last Tuesday every month
Winter time: open on Sat and Sun

The Gothic Capella

For many years it was the favorite private church of Nicholas I and his family. Another architectural monument in the Neo-Gothic style was built in 1830-1834.

The elements of its décor, the lancet portals, stained-glass windows resembling roses, iron-wrought lacework and 43 figures of Saints plunge us into the Gothic atmosphere. This orthodox church was consecrated in 1834 in the name of St Alexander Nevsky and served for regular services when the Imperial Family stayed in Alexandria.

Today you can visit the restored church, the traditional orthodox church in the Gothic style.

Address: Alexandria Park, Peterhof
Open 10:30 - 17:00
Closed on Monday, last Tuesday every month
Winter time: open on Sat and Sun

You can visit this museum as part of one of the following tours:



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