about 28 miles outside st petersburg, was a grand tour of peterhof often referred to as the russian versailles. although smaller in scope, it undoubtedly rivals the grandeur and majesty of versailles. peterhof was the official imperial residence of the russian tsars.
the grand palace was nothing but opulent and grandiose. restored to its former glory, it is dazzlingly beautiful. displayed were original paintings, works of art, decors and fixtures personally owned and used by the tsars adding authenticity. photography was not permitted inside the palace.
the grand ballroom swiped from the web
looking out into the bay of finland from the grand palace northern façade was a spectacular view of the grand cascade and the samson fountain. breathtaking gilded fountains and statues, water bursting and dancing synchronized with classical music was a real treat to the senses.
peterhof park is a wonderland of trees, flower gardens, statues and fountains. lots of water fountains. it was magical.