Peterhof Palace Near St Petersburg, Russia

Well, it’s another beautiful day! My, two in a row, aren’t we lucky we are going to the Peterhof Palace today! Peterhof is a series of palaces and gardens located in Peterhof, Russia, close to St Petersburg. It was built by Peter the Great after visiting the Palace of Versailles in France, in 1717.  It was originally intended to be a country home, not a palace, but it just expanded and expanded, into what it is today……….the tourists’ call it the “Russian Versailles.”

Let’s take a stroll through the lower gardens. As you can see, the palace sits up on a bluff overlooking all the gardens. The domed building in the photo is the Ticket Center! We are in for a treat today!

Peterhof Palace, Rear Garden, St Petersburg, Russia

Aren’t the flowers lovely?

Peterhof Palace, Rear Garden, St Petersburg, Russia

A close up of the Ticket Center……….

Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg, Russia

and one of the extending buildings…….

Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg, Russia

and more……Peterhof is rather small on the scale of palaces……..only 30 rooms…..but big ones……….

Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg, Russia

Getting a look from the Lower Garden…….

Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg, Russia
Peterhof Palace, Rear Garden, St Petersburg, Russia

and the tree line………… one long and giant hedge row!

Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg, Russia

Let’s go in……….first the Ballroom………

Peterhof Palace, Ballroom, St Petersburg, Russia

Here is the fire screen, as it is now and in the old photo, how the room looked in the past.

Peterhof Palace, Fire Screen, St Petersburg, Russia

I had to get some floor photos!

Peterhof Palace, Ballroom Floor, St Petersburg, Russia

and some wall photos………

Peterhof Palace Art, St Petersburg, Russia

and a door or two…………..The Blue Room was beautiful………I especially liked all those candle sconces on the wall trim. Imagine lighting all those candles in the old days!  How beautiful that room would be, all in candlelight! And it would show off the paintings!

Peterhof Palace Door, St Petersburg, Russia
Peterhof Palace Door in Blue Room, St Petersburg, Russia
Peterhof Palace, Blue Room, St Petersburg, Russia  

Look at these color combinations! That shade of green seemed to be a favorite in many of the palaces!

Peterhof Palace, Throne Room Wall, St Petersburg, Russia

I was surprised how small the throne was………the huge room and pictures make it look tiny in comparison!

Peterhof Palace, Throne Room, Throne and Catherine the Great Painting, St Petersburg, Russia

and never forget to look up too……

Peterhof Palace, Throne Room, St Petersburg, Russia

and out the windows to get a view of the gardens.

Peterhof Palace, Throne Room View of Back Garden, St Petersburg, Russia

I think this room has plenty of gold, don’t you?

Peterhof Palace, St Petersburg, Russia

and I looked at all the detail work in the table and the figurines………….

Peterhof Palace, Ceramics, St Petersburg, Russia
Peterhof Palace, Ceramics, St Petersburg, Russia

My favorite part of any home is the dining room and what I call the ‘Plate Rooms.” I loved all the white, with a touch of green in this room.

Peterhof Palace, Dining Room Table, St Petersburg, Russia

There was also a Second Throne Room, saved one from  walking so far to the other one, I guess. I like this one better, more personal space, bigger throne.

Peterhof Palace Door and Second Throne Room, St Petersburg, Russia

The tall white ceramic piece in the corner is a heater. It is a piece of art to compliment the room.

Peterhof Palace, Ceramic Heater, Wall and Clock

This was one of my favorite rooms, The Room of the Portraits of the Ladies in Waiting! Now, if they could only speak!

Peterhof Palace, Lady In Waiting Portraits

On to the Music Room……

Peterhof Palace, Music Room

and more really fancy rooms……….that wallpaper is a charm!

Peterhof Palace, Windows

The combinations of color, texture and gold are just unbelievable in all the rooms…….One after another………..

Peterhof Palace, Dressing Room
Peterhof Palace, Empress’ Study Desk

This is what is called, a “Standard Room.” For style and color, this was one of my favorite silk wallpapers …….

Peterhof Palace, Standard Room

and then some folks might prefer the Red Room, with it’s unique heater………

Peterhof Palace, Red Room

I don’t know, I like the Grey Room as well………

Peterhof Palace, Dining Room Grey Wall

Ahhhh! It’s the “Plate Room”! I knew there would be one! I want to spend days in this room!

Peterhof Palace, Dining Room Grey Wall

Taking every piece in!

Peterhof Palace, Dining Room Table and Art

But, I must move on to the “Yellow Room.”

Peterhof Palace Art, St Petersburg, Russia

Seeing the Crown Bedroom, the bed is rather small……..but this room is elaborately decorated……small chamber to keep it warm, I suspect.

Peterhof Palace, Crown Room Bed, St Petersburg, Russia

Leaving the Palace, we can see the characters, that roam the gardens. My, just like Disney World!

Peterhof Palace, Rear Garden and Fountains

and one more glance back at that magnificent palace……

Peterhof Palace, Rear Garden and Fountains

This concludes our four days in St Petersburg. It was a contrast of the old, with all it’s charm, opulence and glory of the past, to the modern Russia, making it’s way in the 21st century. They are doing a lot of hard work to maintain their heritage and build the future. I am so glad I got to see it and take so many photos there!  I hope it encourages others to travel to Russia. You won’t be disappointed! Well, we’re off again tonight! See you in Helsinki!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheree says:

    As always I really enjoyed the beautifully illustrated tour.

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  2. Sheree, thank you! You are always the first person to respond to my posts! I am glad you are enjoying them!

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  3. Wow, such opulence! Great photos 💛🌟

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  4. Wow, what a gorgeous place!

    janet

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  5. Jo Shafer says:

    The Tsarist era was so romantic as seen through your camera lenses. The photographs make me want to reread Russian novels — up to the Revolution, of course. I had no idea that modern Russia cultivated such lovely display gardens. Certainly a vast improvement over grey Soviet days. (Oops! I hope I didn’t say the wrong thing!)

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