Рус
Рус

1722-1724, achitect J.-B. Le Blond

The labyrinth, created in the first quarter of the XVIII century by the oder of Peter I, is located in the eastern part of the Lower Park, beside the Marly alley. In perspective, it is a rectangular area with an oval platform in the center of it. Eight avenues radiating from the center, are crossed by the ring road, forming the copses. All the paths and the verges of the labyrinth are enflamed with the tapestry of linden bushes, growing along the wooden trellises. The copses planted with apple trees and equipped with a small area with niches for the garden benches.

In the center of the labyrinth, there is a swimming pool with a Menager type fountain. Although the fountain was represented on the original plan of J.-B. Le Blond, it appeared only in the middle of the XVIII century, when Rastrelli created a new plan for the labyrinth's decoration. The architect, without changing the size and layout, suggested to decorate the fountain pool with sculptures of dolphins, bas-reliefs, vases and brackets. However, the project of F. B. Rastrelli was not fully implemented, as it required significant investments.

Forfeited by the beginning of the XX century, the labyrinth has been recreated on the basis of the archaeological research and the preserved archival documents.