SUMMER PALACE OF PETER THE GREAT AND THE SUMMER GARDENS
Emperor Peter the Great's private palace was built by between 1710 and 1712 by St. Petersburg's most celebrated architect, Domenico Trezzini. The small palace, built in the delightful Summer Garden, contains just 14 rooms and was the summer residence of Peter the Great and his family from 1712 until the Emperor's death in 1725. A rather overgrown park filled with marble statues and park pavilions now surrounds the Summer Palace, but in the early 18th century, the garden was much more formal and was filled with trimmed trees and bushes (collected from all over Europe), fountains and even a grotto.
For more on Peter the Great's Summer Palace and the Summer Gardens in Saint Petersburg, Russia, please go to http://www.saint-petersburg.com/museums/summer-palace.asp
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