Russia - Peterhof St. Petersburg

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sugarbag1 on July 22, 2009

This is an interesting shot.What is all this about?.Kind Regards,David.Western Australia

bluenose11 on July 23, 2009

Hi Sugarbag1, I love Peterhof, and had a wonderful time there. The fountains of the Grand Cascade are located below the grotto and on either side of it. Their waters flow into a semicircular pool, the terminus of the fountain-lined Sea Channel. In the 1730s, the large Samson Fountain was placed in this pool. It depicts the moment when Samson tears open the jaws of a lion, representing Russia's victory over Sweden in the Great Northern War, and is doubly symbolic. The lion is an element of the Swedish coat of arms, and one of the great victories of the war was won on St Samson's Day. From the lion's mouth shoots a 20-metre-high vertical jet of water, the highest in all of Peterhof. This masterpiece by Mikhail Kozlovsky was looted by the invading Germans during the Second World War; see "History" below. A replica of the statue was installed in 1947.


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on January 27, 2008
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    by bluenose11
    • Camera: FUJIFILM FinePix2650
    • Taken on 2007/06/19 16:35:50
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/240)
    • Focal Length: 6.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.700
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash