Wednesday, July 8, 2015

St. Petersburg, Russia: The Grand Palace of Peterhof

Peter the Great had a problem. He was the ruler of Russia, but he didn't have a Versailles to show off.

So he built one.

That's the story behind Peterhof, one of the great palaces of the world.

It's a huge complex, as you'd expect, although the building itself isn't overwhelming in size - only 30 rooms or so. But they are decorated nicely. Ahem.

Peter died in 1725, and daughter Elizabeth picked up the ball from there. The structure didn't survive World War II well, but has been rebuilt since then. It's a top tourist attraction and deservedly so.

By the way, photography is not allowed inside the building. So try going here for a look inside.

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