Due to storm warning parks of Peterhof & the Grand Menshikov Palace are closed today, September 18th.

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1726, architect T. Usov; sculptor B. C. Rastrelli

In front of the southern facade of the Orangery building, there is a small garden, where fruit trees, vegetables and flowers were grown. In the center of the garden there is a basin set, where gardeners used to take water for the irrigation. In 1726, according to the idea of Peter I, the architect T. Usov, decorated the pool with "the Triton" fountain. The Sea monster sinks its teeth into the Triton's thigh, but with his powerful force, the Lord of the waves tears open the toothy jaws, with eight-meter water jet gushing out of it. Turtles crawl away in terror from the fighting enemies. Two-meter water jets spurt from their mouths.

The sculptural group "A Triton Tearing Apart the Jaws of a Sea-Monster", made from the model of B. C. Rastrelli, represents an allegory of the triumph of Russia in the struggle for the Baltic Sea. Triton personifies the young Russian navy, that inflicted a decisive defeat to the Swedish squadron at the cape of Gangut, on July 27, 1714. The fleet of Charles XII, is implied as the sea-monster. The four turtles scattering in fear in different directions, are reminiscent of the Swedish king's infidel allies. 

The fountain of the Orangery Garden, was destroyed during the German occupation of Peterhof. In 1956, A. F. Gurzhiy, on the basis of preserved drawings, reproduced in bronze, the sculptural composition of the XVIII century.