One of the most well-known places in St. Petersburg, its “business card” is the Grand Palace. In the past, it hosted the high society for the cultural center of St. Petersburg and nowadays it is one of the most interesting museums of Peterhof. It was built in the early 18th century, a modest chamber in the middle of the century became a luxurious summer residence of imperial villages and construction work was carried out by Rastrelli, famous for his architectural works. The Winter Palace, Catherine’s Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, Smolny Cathedral were all works of the great architect.
¿Where to walk?
The Peterhof Grand Palace is famous not only as a museum with an extensive collection and rich interior, but also for its green spaces. The simplest park is the most commonly associated with the fountains, and for a good reason, since there are more than 100. The area is divided into three parts: the central one which leads to the grand palace, the west Palace Marley and the east which ends with the Monplaisir palace. The park is characterized by the foresight and richness of its ornaments, so that you can only pass walking through it for many hours.
If you can come see this place it is better to get there early in the morning and expect a full day visit at the Peterhof Palace. In the first half of the day, the resort is quiet, and after 12:00 buses start arriving with tourists so easy walking in the park will not be possible.
The upper garden is located on the other side of the building, which is the smallest of the lower part of the park, but it also hides a lot of entertainment. Particularly interesting is the sculptural composition of the source “Neptune”, in the center of a large swimming pool.
¿What can you see?
In front of the palace complex there is a fountain, called the big waterfall and it is one of the most beautiful places in St. Petersburg, and a monument of world importance.
The palace was almost completely destroyed during World War II, but thanks to restorers and surviving drawings, it looks exactly like it was originally built. The mature baroque style combined with the moderation in decoration and jewelry looks very majestic, but, the most curious met in the interior. On the other hand, the interior design uses almost every possible form of decoration and stucco, wood carving and painting, and the gold that shines on every piece of furniture in the room, so dear to Russian rulers.
Worthy of consideration are the 30 rooms, from the ballroom to a small secretarial room where visitors are registered. In total there are over 3,000 different items of this unusual pattern, custom made furniture and items, and even some personal items of imperial characters. Special interest deserves the cabinet of oak of Pedro I, since it is a true relic.