Summer Palace of Peter the Great, St. Petersburg

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
Tour the rooms once occupied by Peter the Great and his wife, Catherine, at Summer Palace of Peter the Great. The simple, Dutch-style mansion houses 14 rooms, including the tsar's study, his bedroom, and the apartments of the empress on the upper floor. The vestibules, oak stairs, and both kitchens are the only elements of the original 18th-century interior. Peruse period paintings, furniture, tapestries, glassware and china, oak panels, engravings, and painted stoves. The permanent exhibit features the clothes and other personal belongings of the royal couple. Take a walk through the summer garden to admire its numerous marble sculptures depicting allegorical, mythological, and historical figures, such as Roman emperors. Look for the earliest and one of the most notable statues in the garden--"Psyche and Cupid." Put Summer Palace of Peter the Great and other St. Petersburg attractions into our St. Petersburg road trip planning tool, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We visited in September beautiful Darren’s . In many ways nicer than Versailles. We did not do the palace tour but the gardens and waterfalls were fabulous. One of our favorite places in St...  more »
  • Summer Palace is one of a must visit place in St. Petersburg Russia. Very opulent and beautiful. Great history and some unbelievable pieces of Art. It also has the statues of Adam and Eve  more »
  • The Summer Palace of Peter the Great was built between 1710–1714 in the northeast corner of the Summer Garden, located on an island formed by the Fontanka river, Moyka river, and the Swan Canal. Its northern perimeter runs along the left bank of the Neva river across from the Cabin of Peter the Great and Peter and Paul Fortress and was the first palace built in Saint Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia. It was the first palace built in Saint Petersburg and the city's first building which had piped water. The building is currently a museum.
  • Not such a fancy palace best viewed from the water
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