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With Versailles, you thought you had seen everything in terms of splendour and monarchical excess? Let's talk about it again after Peterhof!

This visit outside the walls of Piter is not to be missed under any circumstances! Stretching along the Gulf of Finland, the city of palaces, fountains and terraced parks, which was called Petrodvorets from 1944 to 1997 before recovering its original name, has often been compared to Versailles. Founded in 1774 by Peter the Great, the New Peterhof, with its beautiful fountain and statue gardens, and its pavilions - Marly, Hermitage and Monplaisir - had to reflect with dignity the power of the Russian Empire. To the south-west of the Grand Palais, enlarged by Elizabeth Petrovna, a palace of classical style was added by Catherine II, who also created the English landscape park surrounding it. Further parks and a few pavilions were added to the complex under Nicholas I. To the east of Petrodvorets, the small palace in Alexandra Park was used in the second half of the 19th century for the Imperial family's stays. However, in the summer, concerts were held in the Grands Appartements, which were then open to the public. The palaces and parks of this complex take on their full splendour in summer, when the fountains are turned on, brightening and refreshing the atmosphere.

A clever blend of rococo and classical, Peterhof is the Versailles or the Sans-Souci of St. Petersburg, with those extravagant touches that are typical of the city's culture.

The Great Staircase, created by Rastrelli, is resplendent in gilding. It is notably decorated with trompe-l'oeil paintings, baroque sculptures and statues representing the four seasons.

In the ceremonial rooms, the Tchesmé room is decorated with paintings depicting the battle of Tchesmé against the Turks on 26 June 1770. It was of course the Russians who won the victory... To inspire the painter, the empress had blown up a Russian frigate in front of him in the roadstead of Livorno.

On the right, the dance hall is a masterpiece by Rastrelli. It occupies the entire wing of the palace on nearly 300 m2! The mirrors and windows make the space even larger. On the ceiling, the painting Parnassus by Tarsia pays homage to Elisabeth.

The Throne Room, which follows, is also huge with more than 300 m². It was rebuilt at the end of the 18th century in a baroque rococo style. Here you will see portraits of Peter the Great and the empresses Catherine I, Anna Ivanovna and Elisabeth Petrovna. In the centre, above the throne, Catherine II is depicted on a horse in the Preobrazhenski regimental uniform.

The courtroom has retained the décor of Rastrelli, a resplendent Baroque style. All gilded, with an abundance of mouldings, mirrors and false windows, it truly casts a spell. Initially intended for official receptions, this room was later reserved for the bridesmaids of honour, and it was here that they dined at the great feasts.

You then enter the white dining room, where the great ceremonial meals were held. The white walls contrast in their sobriety with the sumptuousness of the décor, where stucco features horns of plenty and still lifes, and where (magnificent) bronze and purple crystal chandeliers cast strange reflections.

The Portrait Room, located in the centre of the palace, offers a superb view of the canal and the great waterfall. It is decorated with 368 portraits of women from different social backgrounds. The Italian painter Rostari was commissioned to glorify the country by depicting these women in national costumes.

You then enter the imperial apartments, located in the row following the second Chinese cabinet. The Partridge Room takes its name from the bird painted on the silks covering the walls, the cabinet and the alcove curtains. The authentic furniture dates from the 18th century.

In the living room on the couch, you will be surprised by the lascivious character of this enormous sofa, which looks more like a bed. Catherine II would have received these two sofas from her lover Potemkin, and would have assembled them to copy Turkish fashion. She held real meetings in this living room and made important decisions.

In the empress's bathroom you can admire a very beautiful pink porcelain.

The Empress' cabinet is decorated with furniture and portraits of the imperial family. It was here that the tsarina signed acts of state. One can recognize Voltaire and Rousseau, whose enlightened ideas inspired the Empress throughout the exercise of her power.

The Knights' Hall was intended to accommodate the knights of the court and the senior officers of the guard. In order to bear witness to the authority exercised over them, all the symbols of power were kept there.

The Crown Hall is actually the bedroom of Catherine II. It is decorated with Chinese silk panels. Quite picturesque element: the pierced seat of the tsarina, golden and majestic, which thrones in the middle of the room.

Finally, the oak cabinet, which still contains personal objects of Peter the Great (books, a clock, a globe). It is decorated with oak panelling carved by Nicolas Pineau in the years 1718-1720. The architect Jean-Baptiste Leblond, the first architect of the palace, designed this room, the only one that has survived.

The gardens of the Peterhof estate also offer a number of wonders and are dotted with small palaces, statues and fountains.

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Information on PETERHOF PALACE

Grand Palais: Tuesday to Sunday 10.30am-6pm. Closed on the last Tuesday of the month. 1,000 RUB. Tickets to be booked in advance.

Members' reviews on PETERHOF PALACE

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Pauline1005
4/5
Visited in october 2018
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Pour visiter Peterhof, nous avons opté pour la solution hydroboat. Nous sommes donc arrivés par la mer. Nous avions acheté à l'avance sur internet, les billets d'entrée au parc.
La grande allée qui remonte vers le palais offre déjà un point de vue magnifique.
Les cascades qui démarrent dans la matinée sur fond de musique sont splendides de dorures, mais bon courage pour vous faire une place au milieu de tous les autres touristes.
L'accès au palais peut demander de la patience car à certaines périodes (comme nous en octobre), il n'est pas possible d'acheter les billets à l'avance. Car oui, il faut payer l'accès au parc, puis l'accès au palais Les files pour les groupes ou les individuels ne sont pas très bien indiqués, nous nous sommes postés devant une porte et une dame nous a laissé entrer sans faire la queue! Coup de chance?
A l'intérieur, il faut de nouveau prendre son mal en patience, les salles sont bondées, les gardiennes vous font parfois défiler au pas de course... bref c'est très beau mais pas très agréable!
nimar42
5/5
Visited in june 2018
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Peterhof est un incontournable, c'est le Versailles de Russie,les fontaines et la grande cascade sont incroyables.
Mimi1753
5/5
Visited in june 2018
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Ballade en bateau pour rejoindre le lieu. Beau palais avec de magnifiques jardins agrémentés de fontaines et de statues. Beaucoup d'or. visiblement inspiré de Versailles. A ne pas manqué.
C-Line69
3/5
Visited in september 2016
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Superbe parc et palais. Beaucoup de touristes, il faut payer un ticket (aller-retour) pour vous rendre à Peterhof, puis un autre ticket pour accéder aux jardins, et un autre pour entrer dans le palais...
Bobdol
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Personnellement je m'attendais à plus de faste impérial.
Rien ne laissait envisager qu'au fil de ma promenade dans ce magnifique parc jardin et palais Peterhof que nous serions plonger au paradis le temps de cette promenade.

Le palais est sobre et laisse à penser de la simplicité de ce grand homme qu'était Pierre le Grand.
En se promenant dans ce parc on peut se laisser imaginer les grands personnages des cours européennes s'amuser et se détendre le temps d'un week end dans les immenses parcs ombragés du domaine; le tout dans une ambiance russe!

Je trouve dommage de payer deux entrée une pour entrer dans le parc et une autre pour visiter le palais.
Mais le jeu d'eau des fontaines restent le plus beau spectacle, merci Pierre.
thomas8383
5/5
Palais que je préfère largement à celui de Versailles! Les jardins et les fontaines sont le point d'orgue de la visite!! C'est vraiment magique.

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