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Tour to Saint Petersburg. Trip to Russia. Legendary tour.




The Summer Gardens are almost as old as the city. It might date back to the early 1704, when on the order of Peter I they started to bring saplings of various trees, flower seeds, marble statues, columns, etc. to Petersburg from all parts of Russia and Europe. By 1707 much of the work on laying out the gardens, planting the trees and setting up the fountains had been completed.

It was a regular garden with a geometrical pattern of crossing alleys and with trimmed shrubs, symmetrically arranged statues and fountains. In the early 18th century the Summer Gardens occupied a much larger territory: from the Neva bank and almost reaching Nevsky Prospekt.

In the 1720s the Lebiazhya (Swan) Kanavka was laid that separated the Summer Gardens from the Field of Mars; the Mya (Moika) River was deepened and connected with the Fontanka. Thus the Summer Gardens surrounded by the Neva, Fontanka, Moika and Lebiazhya Kanavka became an island.

The Summer Palace of Peter I was small and not suited for large receptions; so in summer court festivities and receptions were held in the
garden alleys. Dinners were given in the galleries on the Neva bank built especially for this purpose. There were many other entertainments in the garden, including pavilions, a grotto, curvy paths, a maze, etc. The contemporaries left a lot of descriptions testifying of its extraordinary beauty and luxury.

According to the tsar's directions statues were bought or ordered in Europe, especially in Venice, famous for its sculptors. The 250 sculptures decorating the garden make up a genuinely unique collection of Italian Baroque sculpture, performed by P.Baratta, D.Bonazza, F.Cabianca and others. In 1773 - 86 the famous railing was put up on the side facing the Neva (architects Yu.Velten, P.Yegorov).

The terrible storm and flood of 1777 caused the Summer Gardens irreparable damage: the fountain system was wrecked, many statues were lost or damaged, the maze destroyed, a lot of trees pulled out. After this disaster the former decoration was never restored, and the Imperial summer residence was moved to the suburbs. In the 19th century the Gardens became open to the public (with the exclusion of the "common people").

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Tour to St.Petersburg

St.Petersburg excursion

About St.Petersburg

St.Petersburg history

Sights of St.Petersburg

Museum of St.Petersburg

St.Petersburg theatres


St.Petersburg suburbs

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- Historic heart

- Nevsky prospekt

- Between Nevsky and Neva

- Smolny region

- South and west of Nevsky Prospekt

- Vasilevsky island

- Petrograd side

- Viborg side


- Petrodvorets (Peterhof, Petergof)

- Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo, Tsar Village)

- Pavlovsk

- Lomonosov (Oranienbaum)

- Gatchina


- Astoria Hotel 5*

- German Club Hotel 3*

- Moskva Hotel 3*

- Neptun Hotel 3*/ 4*

- Okhtinskaya Hotel 3*

- Pribaltiyskaya Hotel 4*

- Pulkovskaya Hotel 4*

- Prin Hotel 3*

- Rossia Hotel 3*

- Sovetskaya hotel 3*

- St. Petersburg Hotel 3*


Russia in numbers and facts


Religious creeds in Russia

Folk craft

Stereotypes and symbols of Russia


Trip to St. Petersburg 

Trip to Moscow 

Trip to Golden Ring


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Trip to Yekaterinburg

What is Siberia?

Trip to Novosibirsk

Trip to Altay

Trip to Krasnoyarsk

Trip to Tuva Republik

Trip to Lake Baikal and Irkutsk

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Trip to Khabarovsky Kray

Trip to Vladivostok

Trip to Sakhalin islands

Trip to Kuril islands

Trip to Kamchatka


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