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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: St Petersburg by DK Publishing

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Peterhof

An extravagant collection of palaces, fountains and landscaped gardens, Peterhof is located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. Having originally come across the site in 1705, Peter the Great commissioned the building of a palace here in 1714. He intended the estate to resemble, and indeed rival, that of Versailles in France. The Great Palace (1714–21), originally designed by Jean Baptiste Le Blond, was later transformed during the reign of Elizabeth by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the architect of the Winter Palace, who added its distinctive Baroque element.prac_infoPeterhof, 30 km (19 miles) W of St Petersburg • 450 5287 • Great Palace open 10am–6pm ...

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