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Photos from the Peterhof (1 of 3)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Thanks to all who have expressed appreciation at seeing our Russian vacation photos. In response to a previous blog, I was asked if I saw the Amber Room. It turns out that the Amber Room wasn't in one of the palaces I saw (these Tsars had more palaces than I have socks) but in the Catherine Palace (Tsarskoye Selo). It was looted by the Nazis during WWII but was recently restored with help from the German government.

Today I wanted to share some photos I took when my wife and I visited the Peterhof. This is a series of gardens and palaces laid out by Peter the Great. It was his attempt to compete with Versailles, and today it has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The place is immense and I remember we walked over 25,000 steps that day. It is very beautiful and I took so many photos that I think I'll have to post them in three blogs. So without further ado ...

(An aerial view - not mine, obviously - of the upper gardens and the grand palace)

(The Grand Peterhof Palace seen from the upper gardens)

(detail from one of the fountains in the upper garden)

(detail from another upper garden fountain)

(another pool in the upper garden and a corner of the grand palace)

I didn't take any photos inside the grand palace but I wanted to continue my demonstration that these rulers were living in obscene luxury while their people starved. So here are a few photos from the web of the interior, that I think make the point.

Tomorrow, I'll post pictures from the lower gardens.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SUSIEGKORN 9/1/2012 2:36AM

    Wow, words just can't capture the beauty in your photos. So glad you had this experience.

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SUNNY2010 8/31/2012 3:48PM

    Beautiful photos!!!! I've been there as a teenager (I lived in Moscow myself). You are inspiring me to make another visit to St Pete again.
Thank you for the blog!!!!!!

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FRANCESCANAZ 8/25/2012 3:36PM

    WOW! Glad you and your loved one could experience this.

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DAWNFIRE72 8/24/2012 10:38PM

    Stunning and you can just see the extravagance that the rulers had in their own dwellings. Can you imagine how much better the lives of their subjects could have been with just the gold from one of those rooms?

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WONDERFUL2BME 8/24/2012 2:14PM

    I can almost feel the presence of the history that took place there! Thank you

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CLAIREINPARIS 8/22/2012 3:42PM

    Thank you so much for sharing! I can see how it was inspired by Versailles... but I think it is even more luxurious than Versailles (much more gold!!!).

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    Those floors would keep my kids entertained for a long time, though I can't imagine they allowed too many little ones to roam around the palace jumping from shape to shape.

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GREENGENES 8/20/2012 5:47PM

    Fabulous photos. I love touring through European palaces. I cannot even conceive what is was like to live like that.

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LADY_MARIANA 8/20/2012 5:46PM

    More wonderful pictures! Thank you so much!

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NEILITHICMAN 8/20/2012 4:41PM

    Awesome, back when people actually took time and effort with their buildings.

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NWFL59 8/20/2012 10:30AM

    Thanks for sharing these breath taking photos.

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CHOCOHIPPO 8/20/2012 8:54AM

    These are just stunning pictures. I'm so glad you're enjoying your vacation there.

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JSTETSER 8/20/2012 6:36AM

    Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for taking us with you on your trip!
I love it!

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2ABBYNORMAL 8/20/2012 12:35AM

    These pictures are awesome. Thank you for sharing.

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