Summer Palace of Peter I in Saint Petersburg
The Summer Palace of Peter I reflects in a perfect way unique personality of Peter the Great. Constructed by distinguished architect Domenico Trezzini in 1710-1712 it has never been rebuilt which makes anyone who enters the Palace feel the atmosphere of the past centuries.
Summer Palace of Peter I was once a happy family nest. Here the great emperor could afford a luxury of being just a husband and a father. Peter's wife Catherine quite often cooked for her family in one of the Palace kitchens. There are classrooms and nursery where royal children were grown.
The interiors of the palace are decorated with unique ceiling paintings, old pine furniture, tiled stoves and charming silk. There is a collection of Peter's personal belongings and his clothes. In the study of the emperor one can discover a true miracle - very peculiar device which shows apart from the time the direction and speed of the wind.
Summer Palace of Peter I is not big, it can't impress with gilded decoration or luxurious interiors. It is more like a private residence where visitors may find traces of everyday life of the emperors who apart from absolute power had quite human feelings and emotions. Nowadays the Palace is the museum beloved by the people who want to know more about the life in XVIII century.