Peterhof Palace

Peterhof Palace is located in Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Built by Peter the Great between 1714-1723, the large complex boasts grand palaces and sits on 500 acres with 144 fountains, extensive gardens, and over 200 statues. There is a narrow canal called the Sea Channel that leads from the Bay of Finland to the complex, which allowed visitors to sail through the tree-lined channel to the palace. The majority of water fountains are decorated with gilt statues, the fountains operate by using force gravity instead of pumps. The Grand Cascade is an ornate terrace where water flows down the multitude of levels. Several fountains surround it and there’s an artificial grotto beneath the cascades. The largest palace in the complex is the Grand Palace, which has been enlarged and renovated through the centuries. Peter created the palace to impress and to serve as a statement that the Russian Empire should be admired. Peter drew inspiration from the French court of Versailles and other royal sites he visited before he commissioned the palace. The palace served as a residence for Russian royalty for over 200 years, until the empire ended in 1917. After the Russian revolution, the complex became an educational center. During WWII, German forces damaged the complex, but the structures were rebuilt. Since then, Peterhof has served as a park and museum and has been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Peterhof Palace is one of Russia’s most famous sites and nicknamed by some as “The Russian Versailles.” 

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Art by Jason Combridge.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Iceland.

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Castle Of Val

The Castle of Val is located in the town of Lanobre and sits on the edge of Lake Bort-les-Orgues in the region of Artense in France. There’s a footbridge that leads to the castle. The castle began as a fief in the 13thcentury and was owned by the Tinières family, then sold to Pierre de Pierrefort.It was William IV of Estaing, chamberlain to King Charles VII, governor and seneschal of Rouergue, and bailiff of Nimes, who purchased Val and built the current castlein the 15thcentury. The castle changed hands many times through the centuries. In the mid-20thcentury,the castle was owned by the French Electricity board and suffered from neglect. At one point the castle sat on a park setting, but over the decades the artificial lake covered the park due to the dam that was built. In 1953, the castle was purchased by the local municipality of Bort les Orgues, who restored the castle and turned it into a tourist attraction. The castle boasts six crowned towers with machicolations. The main courtyard has a Gothic vault that is dedicated to Saint-Blaise. The interior has large rooms on the lower floor decorated in the 19thcentury style, while the upper floor is reserved for contemporary art exhibits. There’s also a 15thcentury chapel on the property. Val Castle is open to the public. #France #Castles #CastleOfVal #ValCastle #Lanobre #LakeBort

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Isola di Loreto

Isola di Loreto is an island in Lake Iseo in the Lombardy region of Italy. At the end of the 15thcentury, the Sisters of Saint Clare of Brescia purchased the island and had a convent built. The convent was abandoned in 1580. The island’s history is not well documented, but a geographer mentions it in 1696. He claimed the island belonged to Count Alessandro Martinengo’s heirs. A writer, who set some of his scenes on the island, mentioned the island again in 1847. By the end of the 19thcentury, a historian wrote about the ruins and concluded that they were part of a fortress that was built before 1500. The island became the property of Duchess Felicita Bevilacqua La Masa and was then sold to Vincenzo Richeri, a captain of the Royal Navy. It was Richeri who built the neo-gothic castle that is seen today. The castle has two light towers, a small port, and gardens of conifers. The two-story villa has a crenellated tower. The castle is privately owned and not open to the public, but tourists can admire the island from a ferry or during the “Tour of the Islands.” Photo credit: Fondazione Lombardia Film Commission & Mt Much More