The Marly Palace, Peterhof

Created as a private retreat for Peter the Great, The Marly Palace was inspired by the royal hunting lodges the emperor admired while traveling in France. Peter considered this palace-garden complex his "Russian Versailles," creating an intimate sanctuary within the vast grounds for his personal pleasure. He used the palace and the surrounding gardens for only two years before his death, and the quiet retreat eventually became a storage space for his furniture, art, clothing, and official gifts. Today, the thoroughly reconstructed site provides a peek at the days when Peter enjoyed the serenity of his tranquil sanctuary. Check online for visiting hours and tour options. The Marly Palace is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, St. Petersburg Edition.
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  • May. We came to the western part of Peterhof's Lower Park. The name of the mini-palace - "Marley" is directly related to its history. Peter l was inspired to build this residence for his wife Catherine I after visiting the french city of Marley-les-Rois. One of the houses of Louis XIV was located here. The visit was made by the emperor in 1717, and the Marley Palace began to be built in 1720. The architect of this elegant house was elected I. Braunstein, he had an indisputable authority in the architecture of the time. For 3 years the project was completed and appeared as we have seen it now. By the way, although Peter l was inspired by the French residence, this building in the Lower Park resembles it only stylistically, according to the selected elements of the general view. This very nice and at the same time impressive beautiful building is very consistent with Peter the Great, simplicity and grace can be noticed even without going inside the palace.
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  • Another palace on the edge of the Petterhof gardens. Of course not as impressive as the main palace, but worth walking up there to admire and take pictures on the lake.
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  • Marly Palace is a beautiful baroque mansion built with the commandments of Peter the Great as a refuge in the premises of the Great Palace. Peter's inspiration was from the Royal hunting lodge in Marly Le Roi, just outside Paris. Louis XIV used it as a private residence, an alternative to Versailles. Peter visited Marly Le Roi during his visit to France in 1717 and, when he created the "Russian Versailles" at Peterhof, he decided to build his own...
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