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.








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18 Responses to peterhof

  1. Such a stunning place, Lola. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    These are beautiful photos of this grand place! Thank you for the great tour!!

  3. beetleypete says:

    Despite a few trips to Leningrad, I never got out to Peterhof. Thanks for filling in that gap, Peggy.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. arlene says:

    Such opulence…so lovely though.

  5. Dina says:

    What an impressive place to be and see! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Sue Slaght says:

    Incredibly grand! My eyes popped at your gorgeous photos.

  7. restlessjo says:

    It’s fabulous, isn’t it? A shame that Tsar Nicholas and his family came to such an unhappy end. I’d love to visit, LolaWi. 🙂 🙂

    • lolaWi says:

      oh it is! you should visit this lovely and historically rich place, Jo. i highly recommend it.
      i have a soft heart for Tsar Nicholas and such ending is so heartbreaking. thanks for visiting always. 🙂

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  9. Nice post! I also recently wrote one about Peterhof, with some historical infos. I would love to know what you think about it! 🙂

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