Russia, The Peterhof Palace Gardens

Peterhof Palace Gardens

‘The spectacular gardens at Peterhof are remarkable for the sheer variety of styles encompassed in their layout and features.  Representing nearly two centuries of European aristocratic fashion executed to the highest standards, Peterhof is like an encyclopedia of park design’.

Whilst it was still chilly in the shade, in the sheltered parts of the garden and in the sunshine it was by now quite hot as we walked along the front of the Yellow Palace with its gleaming gold leaf roof overlooking the formal gardens below with their rows of bubbling waterfalls and gushing fountains.  We went first to the informal gardens and walked through the trees most of which are only fifty years old or so because these all had to be replaced because, like the Palace interior that was burnt in the fires, the German soldiers cut most of the old ones down for firewood during the occupation.

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4 responses to “Russia, The Peterhof Palace Gardens

  1. i know that we cannot blame the German’s of today..the war was not their fault but when you read about the destruction caused by their ancestors it does make the blood boil….. I could wring their ****** necks for destroying such beauty but possibly they are all dead anyway..so I shall forgive and forget

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    • These days we seem to call the 1939-45 Germans – Nazis – it’s a neat distiction which saves offending anyone today! But 40 years later it happened all over again in former Yugoslavia and if anything is inevitable then it is almost certain to happen again. Am I a pessimist?

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  2. Seems like they’ve done a pretty good job resurrecting! Your watery shots gave me the shivers (in a good way!).

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