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Peterhof Palace

The magnificent Peterhof, summer imperial palace of Peter the Great, is located on the Gulf of Finland on Baltic Sea about 18 miles from Saint Petersburg. The Palace constructed in 1715 sits in 1500 acres of formal gardens and parks. Its 173 glorious fountains are fed by underground springs that are 14 miles away.

The palace was almost in ruins following World War II. However, many photos allowed reconstruction. Peterfof is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Foremost of the fountains of Peterhof is the Great Cascade. Arriving from St. Petersburg by boat, one gets off on a long pier at the end of the Grand Canal. The Grand Canal cuts through the woods surrounding Peterhof leading directly to the front of the palace. As you proceed, you begin to notice something big and colorful at the front of the palace, the Great Cascade. It is created in Baroque style and is more impressive than the palace. At its base is a large pool with rock platforms crowned by golden statutes spouting water thirty to fifty feet in the air to the top of the palace. The fountains operate by a system that is run entirely by gravity.

The picture is a portion of the Great Cascade. I remember it as being one the most impressive and most beautiful fountains I have ever seen. Please take into consideration it's from a scanned slide of a picture I took in 1995.

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