Category: gardens

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.” 

CHATEAU DE BIRON 

CHATEAU DE BIRON 

CHATEAU DE BIRON 

CHATEAU DE BIRON 

Muenster-schloss-nordkirchen

Muenster-schloss-nordkirchen

Glamis castle

Glamis castle

Château de Bourdeille

Château de Bourdeille

Hatley Castle

Hatley Castle is located in Victoria on Vancouver Island in
British Columbia, Canada. Prominent architect Samuel Maclure built the
Elizabethan-style castle in 1910 for James and Laura Dunsmuir. James wanted the
exterior to resemble a medieval castle, while Laura wanted the interior to
resemble a Government House. The Castle took 18 months to build and features a
Norman tower and two Tudor-revival wings. In 1910, the castle was the largest
private residence on the west coast. The castle has a Porte-cochère entry,
which provides access for a horse and carriage, while protecting guests from
the weather. The Grand Hall boasts half paneled walls, vaulted ceilings, and
pointed arches. There are seven fireplaces located on the main floor, while the
Greek Revival drawing room is a whopping 1200 square feet with 16 foot
ceilings. There’s a terrace that overlooks the Olympic Mountains, the Esquimalt
Lagoon, the Straits of Juan de Fuca, and the beauty of the grounds and gardens.
The Hatley Park National Historic Site boasts Japanese, Rose, and Italian
gardens. The Italian Garden is the most formal and is attached to the castle by
a surrounding wall, while the Japanese Garden is considered tranquil and is
bordered by a lake. Hatley Castle is open to the public and serves as a museum
and the administration center for the Royal Roads University.