Friday, June 6, 2014

St. Petersburg and Peterhof

St. Petersburg is a cosmopolitan city with a cultural and artistic core. St Petersburg is Russia's biggest port. The city moves across and around the the mouth of the Neva River.

Peterhof, the town of palaces, fountains and parks, was built by Peter the Great to rival Versailles. It lies on the Southern shore of the Gulf of Finland.  The Grand Palace is known as the most brilliant of all the summer residences of the Russian Tsars. The layout of the 300-acre park and fountains was designed by Peter himself. The Grand Cascade consists of 3 waterfalls, 64 fountains and 37 gilded statues.