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Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Peterhof (Russian: Petergof, originally named Peterhof: "Peter's Court"), is a series of palaces and gardens, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great, and sometimes called the "Russian Versailles".
It is located about twenty kilometres west and six kilometres south of St. Petersburg, overlooking the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea.
"Peterhof" may also refer to the adjacent town of 82,000 people.
The palace-ensemble along with the city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The dominant natural feature of Peterhof is a sixteen-metre-high bluff lying less than a hundred metres from the shore.
The so-called Lower Gardens (Nizhny Sad), at 1.02 sq km comprising the better part of Peterhof's land area, are confined between this bluff and the shore, stretching east and west for roughly 200 metres.
The majority of Peterhof's fountains are contained here, as are several small palaces and outbuildings.
East of the Lower Gardens lies the Alexandria Park with 19th-century Gothic Revival structures such as the Kapella.

Atop the bluff, near the middle of the Lower Gardens, stands the Grand Palace (Bolshoi Dvorets).
Behind (south) of it are the comparatively small Upper Gardens (Verhnyy Sad). Upon the bluff's face below the Palace is the Grand Cascade (Bolshoi Kaskad).
This and the Grand Palace are the centrepiece of the entire complex.
At its foot begins the Sea Channel (Morskoi Kanal), one of the most extensive waterworks of the Baroque period, which bisects the Lower Gardens.

Peterhof and Sea Channel

Grand Peterhof Palace and the Grand Cascade

Peterhof: the Samson Fountain and Sea Channel

A portion of the Grand Cascade

Samson and the Lion

French style interior

The Upper Gardens of Peterhof

The Grand Throne Room

18th-century court dress

The East Chapel, one of a pair flanking the central buildings

For a more information about Peterhof see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterhof) see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, November 2007.
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