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Peterhof (Dutch "Peterhof", "Peter's court") is a palace and park ensemble on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland at a distance of 29 km from St.-Petersburg. Peterhof is located in the territory of the town of Peterhof.

It is considered that Peterhof, or "Northern Versailles", how it is named sometimes, was established in May, 1714 when civil engineering works were begun. Actually Peterhof is more than 300. On September 13th, 1705 the tsar Peter the First chose Peterhof as a vacation spot during his sail sing. The vessel "Munker" stopped at anchor; Peter looked around and thought that he wished to have splendid rest there at any time. So, the tsar continued his thought, his grand residence should be the grandest in Europe and even Versailles should be thrown into the shade.

This desire of the great emperor would be executed - like other wishes of his"Northern Versailles" was constructed and reconstructed for almost 200 years; the union of architecture, sculpture, water and landscape was brought into a state of perfection.

Fountains of Peterhof are its organic part. The day of their birth - August 15th - is considered now Peterhof'sBirthday.

To describe fountains is meaningless; you should see them. These thousand water fireworks are scattered on 21 hectares of the park. Having seen them, you will hardly believe that all the system - 3 cascades and 150 fountains - works to the present day without any pump. It is the miracle of Peterhof.

Author: Irina Tumakova (St.-Petersburg)/ "Izvestiya"
Source: http://www.ruschudo.ru/

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