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Peter the Great built a number of palaces along the shore of the Gulf of Finland some 20 miles west of St. Petersburg, the ensemble known as Petrodvorets.
Petrodvorets is a lovely place to visit during the summer when the fountains are operating. In good weather it is well worth spending an entire day here, enjoying the various palaces, the parks, and the sea view.

The history of Petrodvorets (called Peterhof until 1944) begins in 1704 when Peter I built a wooden house on the Gulf while overseeing the construction of the nearby Kronstadt Fortress. In 1713 he began transforming the area into an imperial residence. The palace was inaugurated in 1723 and later expanded by Empress Elizabeth. Petrodvorets is also a monument to Soviet reconstruction as the place was looted and practically razed to the ground by Nazi troops.
The Grand Palace (Bolshoi Dvorets) dominates the estate and sits atop a hill separating the entire ensemble in two parts - the Upper Garden and the Lower Park. Best know for its fountains, Petrodvorets is often compared to France's Versailles.

If someone happens to visit St.Petersburg - this is a must to go to Petrodvorets. Amazing plase, splendid and full of air, water and green alleys, leading to secret hidden palaces and fountains:-)

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