Summer Garden

The Summer Garden is lined in the North by the Neva River and in the South by the Moika River, the Swan Canal in the west and the Fontanka River in the East. It was created in 1704 on the request of Peter the Great. The Emperor later had his summer Palace built in the garden. Completed in 1719, the garden was opened to the public for the first time in 1752 and on and off during the reign of Elisabeth I. However so as to be allowed in there was a dress code to be respected and you had to belong to the right part of the society. Architect Georg Veldten was put in charge of building the wrought iron fence along the Neva River. This fence has now become one of the symbol of the city. The Summer Garden went through a long stage of restoration between 2009 and 2012. However strollers can now admire several fountains including some that were copied on those of Peterhof. Many Italian marble statues from the 17th -18th century decorate the alley of the park. Pavilions, french flower beds and ponds are also part of the sights in the garden.
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