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The Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Peterhof

One more interesting building to visit when you’re in Peterhof is the Russian Orthodox cathedral of saints Peter and Paul. The Cathedral is located just across the main street from the Upper Gardens of the Grand Palace. This Cathedral is built in a more traditional russian architecture style than most cathedrals and churches in Saint Petersburg. It has a pyramidal shape crowned with five tented heads. Unfortunately you’re not allowed to take photos inside russian orthodox churches. But this one is richly and very beautifully decorated inside. If you take a marshutka from Baltisky Railwaystation in Saint Petersburg you can jump of at the bus stop just beside the cathedral. Very cheep, cost only 50 rubles (1,2 €). If you’re not comfortable with the public transport in Russia, you can always buy an excursion. There are lots of companies offering a broad variety of excursions.

The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul (Собор Петра и Павла) a Russian Orthodox cathedral in Peterhof, 25 km east of Saint Petersburg, Russia.The construction of the cathedral begun in 1894 and was completed in 1904. On the 12th of June 1905 the cathedral was consecrated in the presence of the Tsar family. The side chapels of Saint Alexander Nevsky and Saint Xenia were consecrated on the 28th of August the same year.The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul is built in the spirit of 16th and 17th century Russian architecture. Exteriorly it has a pyramidal shape crowned with five tented heads. The height of the cathedral is about 70 meter.

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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Peterhof, Photo, Saint Petersburg

 

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The Upper Gardens

The Upper Gardens are maybe not as attractive as the Lower Gardens. But they have one advantage, they are free to visit. The more spectacular Lower Gardens have admission. The centrepiece of the Upper Gardens are the Neptune Fountain after the Roman god of the sea. There are some beautiful statues too, I belive that they also are taken out of the Greek/Roman mythology.

The Nepune Fountain which is the largest fountain in the upper gardens at Peterhof Grand Palace near Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A sculpture in the upper gardens at the Grand Palace in Peterhof near Saint Petersburg, Russia.

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2011 in Peterhof, Photo, Saint Petersburg

 

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Fountains

The most striking features of the Peterhof Grand Palace are its 176 fountains. But unlike the fountains of its role model, Versailles, these fountains works every day from early may to early october. I’ve visited Versailles twice but never saw the fountains in work there. if I remember it correctly they only work in special shows one a week during summer.

Most of the fountains are situated in the lower gardens and the most well-known are the Grand Cascade and the Samson Fountain. The Grand Cascade consists of 64 fountains and 37 gilded sculptures. The Samson Fountain depicts the moment when Samson tears open the jaws of a lion, representing Russia’s victory over Sweden in the Great Northern War. From the lion’s mouth shoots a 20 metre high vertical jet of water, the highest in all of Peterhof.

The Grand Cascade

The fountain group called the Grand Cascade at Peterhof Grand Palace, 25 km east of Saint Petersburg, Russia.The Grand Palace at Peterhof was designed to be the centerpiece of Peter the Great's Russian Versaille.

The Samson Fountain and the Grand Cascade

The Samson Fountain (Фонтан Самсон) and the Grand Cascade (Большой каскад) in the Lower Gardens at Peterhof Grand Palace, 25 km east of Saint Petersburg, Russia.The Samson Fountain depicts the moment when Samson tears open the jaws of a lion, representing Russia's victory over Sweden in the Great Northern War, and is doubly symbolic. The lion is an element of the Swedish coat of arms, and one of the great victories of the war was won on St Samson's Day. From the lion's mouth shoots a 20-metre-high vertical jet of water, the highest in all of Peterhof. This masterpiece by Mikhail Kozlovsky was looted by the invading Germans during the Second World War. A replica of the statue was installed in 1947.

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2011 in History, Peterhof, Photo, Saint Petersburg

 

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Peterhof Grand Palace

If we’re talking about palaces in Saint Petersburg and it’s surroundings, then we have to include the Grand palace at Peterhof. Peterhof which is German for Peter’s Court is situated on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, about 45 minutes by bus or train from Baltisky Vokzal in Saint Petersburg. Peter the Great’s desire was to build an imperial palace in the suburbs of his new city. The inspiration was Versailles and the palace and it’s gardens are often referred to as the Russian Versailles. However this grandiose project where not compleated under Peter’s lifetime. It was under his daughter, Elizabeth’s regime that the Grand Palace with its famous gardens and fountains were compleated. Guess who which architect was hired for this project. No surprise it was Tsaritsa Elizabeth’s favourite, Bartolomeo Rastrelli.

The Palace, at Peterhof, itself is not as impressive as the Winter Palace or the Grand Catherine Palace. But the two pavilions at each wing of the palace are very eye-catching with their golden cupolas. This is the Church pavilion with 5 gilded cupolas viewed from the lower gardens.

The church pavilion (viewed from the lower gardens) of the Grand Palace in Peterhof, 25 km east of Saint Petersburg, Russia.

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2011 in History, Peterhof, Photo, Saint Petersburg

 

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Fedorovsky town

I love to photo ruins. They are usually a perfect subject for HDR. A short walk from the Catherine Palace past the Alexander Palace lies Fedorovsky godorok or the Fedorovsky town as you would say in English. Originally this complex of buildings were built as living quarters for the clergy of the Fedorovsky Cathedral that lies just across the nearby pond. There was also a museum of old Russian art and architecture inside the walls of the complex. During the First World War there where a hospital for wounded soldiers and officers here under the patronage of the Tsar Nicholas II’s youngest daughters, Grand Duchess Maria and Anastasia.

The complex suffered severe damage during the German occupation in the Second World War and it was not until the Russian Orthodox Church took over the town in 1994 that a much-needed restoration begun. The restoration is still ongoing but inside the walls there are now the residence of the Patriarch, a museum of history of the Russian Orthodox Church, a pilgrimage and training centre, icon-painting workshops, and a hotel.

On the first HDR-picture you can see the Vicarage that’s still not restored.

A view of the Vicarage at the Fedorovsky godorok (Fedorovsky town).Fedorovsky godorok (Фёдоровский городок) is a complex of buildings in the town of Pushkin, near Saint Petersburg, Russia. Earlier this town was called Tsarskoye Selo, literally ”The Tsar’s Village”.  The town’s name was changed in 1937 to Pushkin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.At the time of the construction of the Fedorovsky Cathedral it was necessary to build living quarters for the clergy of the cathedral. So it was decided to build an architectural complex in national style on the opposite side of the pond from the cathedral. The Tsar Nicholas II put forward two conditions for this complex to the chosen architect, Stepan Krichinsky . The buildings should be in the same style as the Rostov Kremlin and the complex should not be radically discordant from the nearby Alexander Palace. The construction of the complex started in the summer of 1913 and continued until June 1918.During the construction of the Fedorovsky town, it was suggested by members of the “Society for Renaissance Art of Russia” to open the Museum of Old Russian Art and Architecture here. A large and unique collections of ancient ornaments, weapons, icons, and church plates from the 16th and 17th centuries where quickly gathered here.During the First World War, a hospital for wounded soldiers and officers where opened in the Fedorovsky town and cathedral. The Tsar Nicholas II’s two youngest daughters, Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna, and Anastasia Nikolaevna, become the patronages of the hospital.During the German occupation under the Second World War the Federovsky town was badly damaged. After the war it was suggested to restore the complex, however, it was not carried out. Restoration only began in 1976.In 1994, the complex of the Fedorovsky town was handed over to the Russian Orthodox Church. With the blessing of Patriarch Alexy II there been created inside the walls, the residence of the Patriarch, a museum of history of the Russian Orthodox Church, a pilgrimage and training centre, icon-painting workshops, and a hotel.

On the second HDR-picture you can see the walls and the beautiful White Stone Gate.

A view of a Tower and the White Stonegate of the Fedorovsky godorok (Fedorovsky town).Fedorovsky godorok (Фёдоровский городок) is a complex of buildings in the town of Pushkin, near Saint Petersburg, Russia. Earlier this town was called Tsarskoye Selo, literally ”The Tsar’s Village”.  The town’s name was changed in 1937 to Pushkin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.At the time of the construction of the Fedorovsky Cathedral it was necessary to build living quarters for the clergy of the cathedral. So it was decided to build an architectural complex in national style on the opposite side of the pond from the cathedral. The Tsar Nicholas II put forward two conditions for this complex to the chosen architect, Stepan Krichinsky . The buildings should be in the same style as the Rostov Kremlin and the complex should not be radically discordant from the nearby Alexander Palace. The construction of the complex started in the summer of 1913 and continued until June 1918.During the construction of the Fedorovsky town, it was suggested by members of the “Society for Renaissance Art of Russia” to open the Museum of Old Russian Art and Architecture here. A large and unique collections of ancient ornaments, weapons, icons, and church plates from the 16th and 17th centuries where quickly gathered here.During the First World War, a hospital for wounded soldiers and officers where opened in the Fedorovsky town and cathedral. The Tsar Nicholas II’s two youngest daughters, Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna, and Anastasia Nikolaevna, become the patronages of the hospital.During the German occupation under the Second World War the Federovsky town was badly damaged. After the war it was suggested to restore the complex, however, it was not carried out. Restoration only began in 1976.In 1994, the complex of the Fedorovsky town was handed over to the Russian Orthodox Church. With the blessing of Patriarch Alexy II there been created inside the walls, the residence of the Patriarch, a museum of history of the Russian Orthodox Church, a pilgrimage and training centre, icon-painting workshops, and a hotel.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2011 in History, Photo, Pushkin, Saint Petersburg

 

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How about a game of Battleship?

Actually I don’t know anything about this Navy Monument in the gardens at the Catherine Palace. But I think it’s quite cool! If anybody knows something about it, I would be happy if you share this knowledge with me!

Have a nice Saturday evening!

An unique monument of old ships in the Catherine Park at Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km south of the centre of Saint Petersburg, Russia. The Catherine Park is adjacent to the Catherine Palace.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2011 in Photo, Pushkin, Saint Petersburg

 

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The Hermitage Pavilion

One of the most picturesque buildings in the gardens at the Catherine Palace is the Hermitage Pavilion. It was built at the same time as the palace and is beautifully situated in a forest clearing. The Hermitage Pavilion proved to be a favourite place for the Tsaritsa Elizabeth and her guests. She particularly liked to show it off to foreign ambassadors and other dignitaries.

The central hall of the Hermitage was the object of particular fascination for visitors. It contained a table large enough to seat up to 35 guests. What was unique about the dining room table was that it was equipped with special mechanisms allowing the guests to dine without the presence of servants. In the lower basement, the servants would prepare the table, hoist it to the floor above where waiting guests would sit down to dinner. A diner only needed only to write the name of the dish he desired on a slate and pull the bell next to it. A short time later the chosen dish would appear at the table. Once the meal was over, the table was lowered into the floor, the chairs removed, and the dining room opened into a ballroom.

As you can see in the HDR-picture, craftsmen are laying their final hand on an ongoing renovation. Next day the Hermitage Pavilion was reopened for the public after this renovation.

This is the Hermitage Pavilion (Павильон Эрмитаж) in Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km south of the centre of Saint Petersburg, Russia. The pavilion is located in the Gardens at the Catherine Palace. The Hermitage Pavilion was built between 1748 to 1756 by the architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli, under the regime of Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great.  The Hermitage Pavilion proved to be a favourite place for the Empress and her guests. She particularly liked to show it off to foreign ambassadors and other dignitaries.The central hall of the Hermitage was the object of particular fascination for visitors. It contained a table large enough to seat up to 35 guests. What was unique about the dining room table was that it was equipped with special mechanisms allowing the guests to dine without the presence of servants. In the lower basement, the servants would prepare the table, hoist it to the floor above where waiting guests would sit down to dinner. A diner only needed only to write the name of the dish he desired on a slate and pull the bell next to it. A short time later the chosen dish would appear at the table. Once the meal was over, the table was lowered into the floor, the chairs removed, and the dining room opened into a ballroom. Rastrelli was a technical marvel for his time.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2011 in History, Photo, Pushkin, Saint Petersburg

 

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