Peterhof Golden Statues
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"Peterhof Golden Statues, Russia" by Catherine Sherman.
Water shoots high from the fountains in the Grand Cascade of Peterhof Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia. The sculptures are covered in gold.
Because the fountains run on gravity, the fountains aren't turned on until enough pressure builds. Additionally, the pressure of the water wears away the gold. So when the fountains do run, there is a crush of spectators. I know, because I almost got crushed because I was in the front.
Peterhof is a series of palaces and gardens located in Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great. These palaces and gardens are sometimes referred as the "Russian Versailles". The palace-ensemble along with the city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Grand Cascade is modeled on one constructed for Louis XIV at his Chateau de Marly, which is also modeled in one of the park's outbuildings.
At the center of the cascade is an artificial grotto with two stories, faced inside and out with hewn brown stone.
The "purpose" of Peterhof was as a celebration and claim to access to the Baltic Sea.
Peterhof was vandalized and nearly destroyed by occupying German forces during World War II. Restoration began immediately after the war.
August 7th, 2019
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