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RUSSIAN CITIES - PETERHOV PALACE

 
 

Here we have photos taken during our visit to Peterhof in July 2005. For full text and many more photos please visit our section of Peterhof in the main city directory. In 2005 our tour included entrance into the Catherine wing palace so we have many photos included here. But in 2003 and earlier our tours included entrance into the grand palace itself instead, so photos of that interior are in the other folder.

 
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A band dressed in 18th century costume greets visitors to Peterhof palace (similar band is at Catherine Palace also)

 
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The grand palace at Peterhof viewed from the tourist entrance gate.

 
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Cupola at on end of the the grand palace at Peterhof

 
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Close-up of the eagle at top of the cupola.

 
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Close up of one of the decorative vases on the promanade in front of the grand palace at Peterhof - part of the marine canal in below.

 
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View from the promanade in front of the grand palace directly across the main fountains to the Gulf of Finland - before the fountains are turned on in the morning.

 
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View from the promanade in front of grand palace down to garden - left of main fountains.

 
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View from promanade in front of grand palace to right of the main fountains - before they are turned on

 
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The grand palace at Peterhof.

 
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Amanda and Elizabeth in front of the Sampson fountain at Peterhof.

 
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Amanda and Elizabeth in front of the grand palace at Peterhof.

 
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The palace church at Peterhof.

 
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Cupolas over the chapel wing of the grand palace at Peterhof.

 
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Close-up view of the cupolas over the chapel wing.

 
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The chapel wing of the grand palace at Peterhof.

 
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Cupolas over the chapel wing at Peterhof grand palace.

 
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Cupolas of the chapel wing at Peterhof

 
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Cupolas and spires of the chapel wing of Peterhof grand palace

 
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Close -up detail of the cupolas at the grand palace at Peterhof

 
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The orangerie at Peterhof palace

 
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View of orangerie in lower garden from the upper level path at Peterhof

 
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View of orangerie in lower garden from the upper level path at Peterhof

 
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View of the checkerboard cascade before the fountains are turned on.

 
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Statues of Greek and Roman gods on one side of the checkerboard cascade at Peterhof.

 
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Detail view of fantastic figures at to of the checkerboard cascade at Peterhof. When the fountains are turned on these spout water.

 
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Three young ladies playing music for entertainment of tourists on grounds of Peterhof palace. Hopefully they manage to obtain some 'tips' from passing visitors.

 
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Three young ladies performing musical numbers for the tourists at Peterhof.

 
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Amanda and Elizabeth with three young musicians who are hoping to receive 'tips' from passing tourists at Peterhof

 
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Panorama view of Monplaisir cottage palace through the formal garden.

 
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Monplaisir small cottage palace - one of Peter's favorite places in which he continued to live and entertain after the grand palace was built- built before the grand palace. It was designed by Johann Braustein in 1714 to Peter's ideas about Dutch architecture. It contains Peter's personal art collection and was decorated with black, gold and red lacquered panels - destroyed by Germans and now replaced with copies.

 
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Statue of Peter I presiding over his lower gardens at Peterhof palace.

 
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Monplaisir small cottage palace - one of Peter's favorite places in which he continued to live and entertain after the grand palace was built- built before the grand palace.

 
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Tourists admiring the view of the Gulf of Finland from the sea side of the Monplaisir cottage palace at Peterhof.

 
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One end of the Monplaisir cottage - built in Dutch style for Peter.

 
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Interior of the central section of the Monplaisir cottage at Peterhof.

 
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The sea side of the Monplaisier cottage at Peterhof.

 
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The fountain in the formal garden next to the Monplaisier cottage at Peterhof.

 
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The formal garden in front of the Monplaisier cottage palace at Peterhof.

 
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One of the fountains in the lower park at Peterhof, in front of the Monplaisir palace

 
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Another view of a fountain in front of the Monplaisir palace at Peterhof

 
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Garden and Monplaisir cottage at Peterhof

 
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Garden and fountain in front of Monplaisir cottage at Peterhof.

 
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View of fountain and wing of the Monplaisir cottage at Peterhof

 
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View of statue and fountain in front of Monplaisir cottage at Peterhof

 
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Elizabeth and Amanda entering the Catherine wing at Peterhof

 
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Furniture in the Green Drawing Room of the Catherine wing at Peterhof.

 
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Detail of a wall decoration in the Catherine wing at Peterhof.

 
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Decoration along the ceiling and upper wall in the Catherine wing of Peterhof.

 
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Desk and items in Alexander I study in Catherine wing at Peterhof

 
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Desk in Alexander I study in Catherine wing at Peterhof

 
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Detail of fireplace and decorations in the Catherine Block at Peterhof

 
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Interior of a drawing room in the "Catherine block' - her residence at Peterhof.

 
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The warming room where food was kept ready to serve in the adjacent Yellow dining room.

 
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Display of some of the chinaware in the Heating room of the Catherine wing at Peterhof.

 
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Fireplace and decorations in the Catherine wing at Peterhof

 
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Decoration items on mantel over fireplace in the Catherine wing

 
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The Blue Hall in the Catherine wing at Peterhof.

 
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The Blue Hall in the Catherine wing.

 
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Chandeliers in the Yellow state dining room of the Catherine wing. The dark portrait on the left wall is of Alexander I, - see later pictures.

 
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Chandelier in the Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Grand piano in the Catherine Block at Peterhof

 
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Grand piano in the Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Grand piano in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Grand piano in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Elaborate rack for holding music near grand piano in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Chandelier and ceiling decoration in the Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Detail of a chandlier inside the Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Detail of chandlier in Catherine block

 
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Tourists admiring the formal dinner layout in the Yellow state dining room of the Catherine wing at Peterhof.

 
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Tapestry depicting Peter I at helm of a ship in storm while crew cringes - based on a real incident. it is displayed in the Yellow dining room but is frequently on exhibition elsewhere.

 
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The Yellow state dining room set with formal service

 
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View of a full service on small dining table in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Dining table and chairs with full china setting in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Yellow formal dining room, the Yellow Hall, in the Catherine block at Peterhof - The table is set for 45 guests with the Guryev service

 
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Formal dining table with full service of china - portrait of Emperor Alexander I on wall in the Yellow Hall of theCatherine block at Peterhof

 
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Another view of the formal dining room table and china service in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Detail of some of the china place setting and table ware in Yellow dining room in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Detail of china and tableware in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Detail of china and table decorations in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Detail view of china service on formal dining table in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Detail of decorations in the formal dining room in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Portrait of Emperor Alexander I in Catherine block at Peterhof. It is on the wall in the Yellow Hall behind the formal dinner setting

 
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Portrait of Emperor Alexander I in the Yellow state dining room of the Catherine bloc.

 
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Detail of a wall setting of three electric lights - replaced candles.

 
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Small table with chairs and sofa inside the Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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A small setting of table of chairs in Catherine block at Peterhov

 
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Two writing desks and various decorations in the Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Detail of one of the furnaces that heated the Catherine block rooms.

 
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Detail of a cabinet in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Some furniture in the Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Interesting file holder in the Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Furniture and portrait in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Another view of furniture in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Close-up of china cabinet in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Another furnace in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Fireplace , mantle, clock and other decorations in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Large statue in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Furniture and decorations in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Portrait of Empress Catherine II and decorations in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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Close-up of portrait of Empress Catherine II in Catherine block at Peterhof

 
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The spit of land and dock where the hydrofoils from St. Petersburg dock. This is at entrance of the marine canal where ships landed in Peter's time.

 
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Telephoto view of the dock house at Peterhof where cruise ships from St. Petersburg land. View is from behind the Catherine block next to Monplaisir.

 
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Outside the Catherine wing at Peterhof - the white balustrade in on the sea side.

 
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Small gazebo at Peterhof palace, near the Monplaisir cottage.

 
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Small bird house or gazebo near the Monplaisir palace

 
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The sun fountain in the lower park at Peterhof.

 
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The Sun fountain in lower garden near Monplaisir at Peterhof

 
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The Sun fountain in lower garden at Peterhof

 
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View down one of the walkways through the lower garden toward the Eve fountain.

 
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A surprise fountain triggered by walking around it, in the lower garden near Monplaisir palace at Peterhof.

 
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Detail of one of the fountain streams that come out of 'flowers' in lower garden at Peterhof palace

 
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Another view of the suprise fountain at Peterhof

 
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The Adam fountain in the lower gardens at Peterhof.

 
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The Adam fountain in lower garden at Peterhof

 
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The Adam fountain at Peterhof

 
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The Adam fountain at Peterhof

 
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Mermaid?

 
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Panorama photo of the grand palace at Peterhof.

 
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Telephoto view of the grand palace behind the marine canal and main fountain complex at Peterhof

 
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Close-up of the grand palace behind the Sampson fountain and main cascade at Peterhof

 
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Another close-up view of the grand palace and Sampson fountain at Peterhof

 
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View of the grand palace behind the marine canal and fountains

 
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Center section of the facade of the grand palace at Peterhof

 
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The Sampson fountain with main cascade and grand palace in background at Peterhof

 
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The Sampson fountain and main cascade with grand palace behind at Peterhof

 
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View of the Sampson fountain in front of the grand palace at Peterhof.

 
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Close-up of the Sampson fountain at Peterhof.

 
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Close-up of the Sampson fountain - It was not commissioned until 1734, to commemorate the Russian victory of Sweden on St. Sampson's Day at the Battle of Poltava in 1709. Sampson is holding thee mouth of a lion from which a huge jet rises 72 feet in the air. This is a copy of the original which was stolen during World War II.

 
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Another view of the grand cascade with Sampson fountain and palace at Peterhof

 
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Another view of Grand cascade, Sampson fountain and the main palace at Peterhof

 
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The Grand Cascade and palace at Peterhof

 
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The grand cascade at main palace - note the entrance to the grotto under the cascade - Peterhof

 
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The Sampson fountain, main cascade and grand palace at Peterhof

 
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The grand cascade in front of the main - grand - palace at Peterhof.

 
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The entrance for tourists at Peterhof and the cupola over the state wing.

 
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Another fountain - this one with fish squirting water.

 
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Detail of one of the fountains near the grand palace at Peterhof

 
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Close-up of the duck spouting water in one of the fountains at Peterhof

 
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Another view of fountain with ducks squirting water

 
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Cupolas over the palace church at Peterhof

 
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Telephoto of the eagle on top of the main palace at Peterhof

 
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View of the grand cascade fountains from the promenade in front of the grand palace at Peterhof

 
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Another view from the promenade over the grand cascade at Peterhof. - Note how high the central fountain of the Sampson statue rises.

 
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Another view of the grand cascade and fountains at Peterhof

 
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View of the grand cascade and marine canal at Peterhof from above.

 
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View of the main jet of the Sampson fountain - that rises 72 feet - and the marine canal beyond it

 
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View of the cupola over the 'coat of arms' wing of the grand palace at Peterhof

 
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One of the fountains in the lower park at Peterhof

 
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The scene in part of the extensive tourist shopping area right outside the Peterhof palace.

 
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Photo of the Peter and Paul cathedral outside the Peterhof palace grounds - taken from bus as we rushed past.

 

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