On Saturday, the imperial residence of Peterhof famous for its fountains celebrated its 315th anniversary. To mark the event, fountains were put on, and the Grand Peterhof Palace was opened for visitors after a 6-month quarantine. Saint-Petersburg TV Channel reporter Dmitry Kovaylov attended the celebration.
Dmitry Kovaylov, reporter, tells: ‘The festival started in the park of Alexandria, where the monument to Peter the First was unveiled after restoration. For 75 years, it had not been demonstrated. Now it is back to its historic place. Private investors paid for the restoration.’
Georgy Fokin, Managing Director of Gaazprom trangaz St. Petersburg, tells: ‘The remnants of the past that we are restoring help feel the links between generations and epochs.’
The Samson fountain was put on for the first time during the six months, and the restrictions on visiting the Grand Peterhof Palace, the Church Building, and the Special Storeroom were lifted. While the restrictions were in force, the museum had just 800 thousand visitors. Normally, Peterhof is visited by some 6 million people during the same period.
Yelena Kalnitskaya, Director of the Peterhof Museum, tells: ‘We were preparing, with all the sanitary requirements and markings in place. Of course, it does not add to the beauty of the place, but we understand that safety and people’s health are the most important things. We admit groups of no more than five people, in masks and gloves.’
Tickets for the tours of the palace were sold out for a week in advance, with people specially coming from Moscow, Bashkiria and Siberia.
Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel