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Welcome to the new Peterhof Museum-Reserve Site
We welcome you at our all-new site. We look forward to share with you the most interesting facts about Peterhof's parks, palaces & collection. May your journey to the "capital of fountains" be a fascinating experience.
Watch the Grand Peterhof CascadeSamson Online WebcameraOpening hours and admissionHigh Season 2017
Attention please!
Dear visitors, all the fountains of Peterhof are on daily till October 15, 2017. Welcome to the "capital of fountains"!
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Interesting to know about Peterhof

  • The first Hermitage in Russia appeared in Peterhof: it was built by the decree of Peter I in the Lower Park 1721-1725
  • The first picture gallery in Russia manifested in Monplaisir Palace: a collection of paintings of Peter I included works of Dutch, Flemish, Italian and German artists of the 17th-18th century
  • The Neptune Fountain is 50 years older than Peterhof (It was created in 1650 - 1660)
  • The Audience Hall is the first premises in Russia, where optical illusion was used in the interior (parallel mirrors)
  • Pumps have never been used to supply water to Peterhof fountains. The water comes naturally from Ropsha Heights through a system of canals, ponds and locks
  • The water-supplying system of Peterhof is comprised of 96 kilometers of canals, 16 ponds and 135 different hydraulic structures
  • Total water consumption by Peterhof fountains - 1100 liters per second
  • The maximum height of the jet of the Samson fountain - 20 meters
  • Fountain masters service 12 440 stone surfaces, rotate about 300 gate valves daily, 60% of which are from the 18th-19th centuries