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(June 20-25, 2006)

Pedro Silva

O jardim da Gulbenkian

Vladimir Shirokov

Summer Garden

St. Petersburg, Russia

June 26, 16:35

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The Summer Garden (letniy Sad) is located where the Fontanka River flows out of the Neva River. It was founded in 1704 by order of Peter the Great, who was personally involved in planning it, and is laid out according to strict geometrical principles. The Summer Garden is home to marble statues acquired from Europe especially for Russia's new capital, and also to rare flowers and plants, as well as fountains. It was a traditional location for courtly life outside the palace, and balls were held here by the nobility, who also enjoyed simply taking the air in the Garden. You can see in quick time movie the southern part of Summer Garden with Karpiev Pond and view on Mikchailovskiy Castle - the residence of Emperor Pavel the First.
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