Summer Palace of Peter the Great

This palace (it could also be called house considering its modest size) was built so as to be used as a summer residence for Peter the Great. Built between 1710 and 1714, with Menshikov Palace it is among the first ones built in Saint Petersburg. Domenico Trezzini, its architect, was inspired by Dutch style, which the emperor really enjoyed. The façade of the building was completed in 1913 with the addition of eighteen low-reliefs. Made by architect and sculptor Andreas Schluter, they retrace the events of the Great Northern War. This conflict between Russia and Sweden started in 1700 and only came to an end twenty-one years later. Peter the Great (1672-1725) lived in the summer palace until he died. He lived on the ground floor while his wife, future Catherine I, had her apartments on the upper floor.
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