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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Exploring Peterhof Grand Palace and Lower Garden, Saint Petersburg, Russia

We took hydrofoil from backside of Hermitage palace to reach peterhof. It is expensive but fastest way to reach peterhof. It was comfortable ride and lasted 40 minutes. 
 This palace and garden was laid out in 17th century on the orders of Peter the Great. This area is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was Completely destroyed during second world, Restoration work began almost immediately after the end of the war and continues to this day. Interesting to note that Water for the fountains is supplied by a gravity-fed water system. 
These Palaces and gardens are sometimes referred as the "Russian Versailles". The grand palace is having thirty public rooms. No photography is allowed inside the palace. Beauty of lower garden with blooming tulip, French style garden and fountains is more impressive than grand palace. We had limited time and spent half an hour exploring palace and rest two and half hour exploring lower garden. Only regret was not staying longer.