The Peterhof Palace, often associated with the Grand Palace it contains, is in fact an ensemble of palaces and gardens, a short hop away from Saint Petersburg. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside Saint Petersburg’s city centre, it is a must-see when visiting the Venice of the North. Peterhof, also known as the Summer Palace (while the Winter Palace is located in the heart of Saint Petersburg in what is now known as the Hermitage museum) was ordered by Peter the Great and its construction debuted in 1714, following the initial sketches by Peter the Great himself. Captured and largely destroyed by German troops during the Second World War, the restoration of Peterhof started immediately following the end of the war and culminated in 2003 for the Palace’s 300th anniversary.

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