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Introduction To Peterhof
February 4, 2016 16:42


Peterhof is clearly divided into two parts: gala and everyday part. The guests arrive to the gilded city of fountains by "Meteor" on the bay and by train to the normal suburb.

Non-museum quarters live under the wing of the royal parks and palaces of luxury. Past of the "Russian Versailles" is the basic plot of the local advertisements. There is an active construction in the prestigious suburb, and each new apartment complex or hotel proclaims itself as a successor of the "imperial tradition" and promises clean air, as during the Peter’s time, beauty and luxury, as during the Catherine’s time and service, as during the reign of all the tsars. It is possible to relax royally if you want, but be prepared, that during the high tourist season you will have to pay for almost every step.
Since the 1970s the main natural science faculty of St. Petersburg University with all its institutions, from the laboratory to the dispensary is transferred to Peterhof. Protected campus on the outskirts of Peterhof is considered to be a safe place, but it looks quite modest.

Plans for the development of Science City promise something big in the future. In the meantime, as in romance, old houses are overgrown with magnificently blossoming Persian lilac. Close to campus, in the Sergievka park you can find one of the most unexpected surrounding monuments - a boulder "The Old Man", that is the same as "The Knight", often referred to simply as the "Head". A huge granite head either grows in the ground, or peeking out of the ground. This strange statue of two centuries inspires people with a creative imagination from Pushkin to "hippy artists".


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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