Global Treasures PETERHOF St. Petersburg, Russia
Located outside St. Petersburg, Peterhof is the name of the majestic palace that was once the summer residence of the Russian Tsars. Whether public galleries or private quarters, everywhere there is a superb array of many objects d’art and splendid interior architecture.
The central point of the Peterhof’s 21 hectare upper park is a replica of Nurnberg‘s glorious Fountain of Neptune, which is both an architectural and horticultural work of art. Tsar Peter The Great gathered together an army of soldiers, serfs and servants to dig the ditches and canals that would serve the gardens and their gigantic water features. The glittering design of the lower park leaves no doubt that the Peterhof was a powerful symbol of the new sea lords who ruled over Russia.
Global Treasures - History''s Most Protected Monuments - Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa''s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world''s heritage. Join us as we explore one of these protected monuments.