Stunning Fountains of the Summer Palace

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Peter the Great decided to build a summer palace near the Gulf of Finland (part of the Baltic Sea).  It would be a great place to rest. 

Perhaps, with time, it could rival the Palace of Versailles, in France.

Known as Petrodvorets ("Peterhof"), Peter the Great’s Summer Palace is most-known for its awesome fountains. 

This image depicts “The Great Cascade” which features Samson, the Biblical character.  It is located in the “Lower Park” and, if we were to look in the opposite direction, we would see the Marine Canal (leading to the Gulf of Finland).

We learn more about the fountain from Petergof (a website about the Summer Palace and its many fountains):

Running down the steep ridge separating the Lower Park and the Great Palace towering above, the cascade comprises three waterfalls, 64 fountains, and 37 gilt statues.  The system of waterworks has remained virtually unchanged since 1721.

The ducts and pipes convey water over a distance of some 20 km (12 mi).  The centerpiece of the waterfalls is a gilt Samson rending the jaws of a lion, out of which a jet of water spurts into the air.  The statue represents the 1709 Russian victory over the Swedes at Poltava on St. Samson’s day. 

The present figure is a meticulous replica of the original, which was carried away by the Germans during World War II.

A small entrance halfway up the right-hand staircase (as you look at the palace above) leads to the grotto, where you can step out onto a terrace to get a bit closer to Samson before going inside to have a look under the waterworks.

Click on the image for a better view.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Nov 25, 2016

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Image of The Great Cascade, at Petrodvorets, online via the website Petergof.



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