The Peterhof palaceMode of operation, May - early October: 10.00 to 18.00, October - May: from 11.00 to 17.00, weekends - on Monday and last Tuesday of every months. Phone +7(812) 427-7425
In the era of Peter I the palace was called the upper house. It was a compact two-storey building, built in 1710-ies on the edge of the seaside terraces architects I. Braunstein, and J.-B.Leblonom. In 1747, commissioned by Elizabeth's palace rebuilt BA-F.Rastrelli. He retained as the core of the old palace was joined by two side wings of the charges brought in the Upper Garden Corps-rizalit. The wooden palace gallery erected N. Michetti, Rastrelli was rebuilt in stone, and place small pavillions built a two luxurious body-stamp and the church.
On the first floor of the palace remained white-marble lobby | Peter's time, from which 'the long hallway you can go to the West rizalit where BA-F.Rastrelli posted a precious main staircase. This magnificent, richly painted and gilded interior is anthem of the reign of Empress Elizabeth.
A staircase leads to the apartment suites. mezzanine. In the suite includes Sahl official appointment: Avanzag (Chesmensky) Ceremonial Throne, the Audience Hall, Light Gallery (Ballroom), white dining room, Picture Hall (central hall of Peter's upper house), representative kabinettsy, rooms for secretaries and guards.
The formal part of follow state rooms private (own) half, where access was open only to a narrow circle of persons. This bedroom private offices, bathroom and lounge. All the interiors were originally designed by Rastrelli. Great proportion of large halls, hanging "Mirror" the arches, decorated with a lampshade painting, lots of gilt, mirrors, murals, parquet floors favorite BN-F.Rastrelli picture "Zigzag" of fine wood, all creates a sense of endless holiday.
Since the reign of Catherine II (since 1762) of the interiors designed by Rastrelli was re-B.Vallen J. de la Mothe and J. Felten. Among them Chesmensky room which is decorated with twelve large-scale canvases, executed by the German painter Ya-F.Hakkertom in 1771-1773, respectively. Six of them represent episodes of the famous battle Chesmensky June 26, 1770. One of the most famous interiors of the palace - Picture Hall, the central Hall of Peter the upper house. The hall was decorated Leblond, who designed it so that its balconies offer the widest possible view of the Upper Garden and the Sea Canal. Later BA-F.Rastrelli replaced the floors of the hall and door and window openings, decorating their carved and gilded frames.
One of the rooms in the south of the suite
Own half - taking the name of the private rooms of the palace. Here, in addition to a number of comfortable and elegant rooms at the same time, we can see Oak cabinet office, where there is a small library of the king, which consists of various Dutch and Russian books ... "It is known that the Cabinet designed by Jean-B.Leblon and that he immediately offered to decorate his panels with narrative carvings. Part of the panels was completed N. Pinault.
|Photo: Peterhof Palace, view from above, Peterhof Grand Palace, a grand staircase - the lower part. On the main staircase shapes spring and summer. Painting the walls and ceiling of the grand staircase.|