tv [untitled] December 10, 2012 6:30pm-7:00pm EST
this is peterhof home to russia's most beautiful palaces and gardens every autumn a glorious celebration marks the end of the fountain season today's event is dedicated to the war of eighteen twelve hour this magnificent ensemble of museums and fountains is more than just a remnant of peter the greats nineteenth century russia is also bears the scars of world war two. is there as we welcome to peter hall it is the most visited museum in russia around four point two million tourists come to peterhof every year why do people come here because peterhof boasts one hundred fifty fountains seven palaces and twenty three museums and of course the most important highlight of peterhof is its fountain system. the
hour for the first fountains go after. each day at a live million cell phones of tourists together in the lower gardens of peterhof to see for themselves the fountain stone. takes twelve people to open all the bells and recently it's been accompanied by small petersburg's and some of. the idea to build best residence struck peter the great during his diplomatic visit to verse. however all of the fountains of the first side were run with the help of pumps so they could only operate without human assistance for a very short period of time and then they had to be pumped to make the journey.
that is why she'd have a great use the italian gravity system. this means all the gram cascade fountains floats on there are. these fountains spread thousand liters of water per second and in a day the use of almost thirteen inches that's enough to fill twelve olympic sized swimming pool and to date the fountains have never dr. peter laughed what are very much his future was his brainchild and she wanted to put it into life and see what it would look like and she did. she could not wait until the official opening of the entire system and she did a test run well before construction was complete the formal. peterhof means peter's caught in germany. early eighteenth century. europe's best architects sculptors.
like francisco. all hired to help to realize his grand ideas. even. construction stopped as each successive contributed to its present appearance is huge. five hundred football fields. is researching the imperial residence is unique fountain system to finish her ten year long project she still has to conduct a number of interviews. the state of the fountain is well known but as for the pipe system very few are aware of it so i would like to make people familiar with it. has been in charge of preserving the fountain system for thirty five years. she made up our minds to work here when she first saw the grand cascade at the age of
five. grottos beneath the fountains a little by daylight and still because they did peter the great time back then only people who were thin and short enough would be able to work here so they could climb into a pipe and fix anything that broke down today's engineers sold such problems with the help of technology. and enough water so we can stand. no problems today. i saw a small leak but you can look at it closely and decide what to do about it. the water comes through the spout. everything's fine. the grand cascades central feature is the gilded samson fountain. the water jets
from the lion smell shoots twenty one meters up into the sky. the samson fountain commemorates russia's victory over sweetening the decisive battle of poltava leading to victory in the great north. since then the image of samson has not only symbolized peter the great and the russian army but also the victory in world war two. since you met in september nineteenth forty one the germans began their nine hundred day scenes of leningrad the authorities took what ever valuables they could from the palace to st isaac's cathedral these figures on the cascade were buried in the park but the samson weighs three and a half tons it was simply too heavy to move when german soldiers took pictures here in the one nine hundred forty three samson was still present when our troops
liberated peter hall from the samson was gone. when peterhof was seized by the nazis it was almost completely demolished the occupying forces took away the major bronze statues and led best reliefs of the ground cascade almost ten thousand of the park's trees were cut down ditches and trenches replaced once magnificent palaces. after the war when restoring the gardens and parks many were killed by unexploded landmines. who had returned to the city were invited to reconstruct the fountain system before the revolution of nine hundred seventeen the head of the family worked as a fountain maker for emperor nicholas the second. his son pavel of followed in his father's footsteps. so whose it was nineteen forty six.
as far as i remember the opening of the first construction stage are there only two italian fountains as well as terrorist fountains samson is not there only his pedestal. father and son had to work together all through the night only two hours before the grand opening a nine hundred forty seven with the water jets for the pedestal of the grand cascade finally and stoled. will also present during the excavation of numerous sculptures. sort of benighted in forty one guys with quick enough to bury all the sculptures from the chess mountain cascade and the gold hill cascade the germans never guessed they had done it no wonder it was the russians who buried them right where there are moved them. next to the cascade and of course is the germans a guest about it that would have taken all those sculptures with them. as for
samson he was never found some believe that the germans took him away to be melted down for bronze and so sculptor siminoff made a new one. had been a war and a blockade more than one million people had died from starvation and the beautiful shiny sampson was delivered by tractor people were crying and kneeling down the police have stopped traffic it was delivered here to open the forty seven fountain season for old russians the samson fountain is the main fountain of russia it's not only a symbol of peter's victory in pulp but also of our whole a roic history. villian go off is the oldest staff member of peta hoff he knows the history of every sculpture in the park in detail and only after his thorough examination may restored statue return to peter hold. on the bush shouldn't deviate from the
anatomy. of the fellows the picture that you sent us was simply the way in which i think is at the end so you press down the finger and i feel bad you know it's president already over. it's just because the one in the picture. of course it can be proved. today the biggest problem for peter how sculptures is vandalism some tourists break fingers off the statues but on bananas to them they're only taking home replicas many of the originals have long been kept hidden away in storage. this one despite all of its mobile sculptures have always been damaged now and in the times of peter the great city. of here incidentally is one of pisa hoff's best has its own drama. the. greek mythology has it that she was the daughter of an ethiopian king. who was due
to be sacrificed to a sea monster so it would stop ravaging her kingdom. and it was the ancient hero prescious who defeated the sea monster both of them on. one over the beautiful andromeda. the right hand was reconstructed off to the wall. however you can see that this reconstructed hand doesn't have five fingers. but. this unusual sculpture is near mt placea peter the great favorite palace and the only building here to survive world war two intact when approaching the neptune fountain peter the great he used to say that was the best medicine this is the first bronze statue of russia before that there were no secular statues in russia all the sculptures were religious and were made of either wood or stone peter
wanted to have his own neptune that time all the bronze was of course used to make cannons so they took a bronze trophy cannon and cast this first neptune the people always ask why it has such a feat this is because. to rub them for luck. and how many times. oh the more the better. of. them will go we've spent a lot of time thinking of what to do for the fountain season's closing ceremony. of which we realize it wasn't just any old event but the two hundredth anniversary of the victory in the a c. and twelve will continue with some of the main theme of this performance is a ball interrupted by the producer for me but the dances like these were common in this palace because of the film with commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of burroughs and of the spirit of the old war the.
peace all stuff members some two thousand a busy making final preparations for the fountain season's closing ceremony details of the performance are a closely guarded secret even from those who look at the historic peterhof every day. science technology innovation all the list of melons from around russia we've got the future covered. more news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images the world
staged by the french. a new movie based on one of. these is being shot him. but well the book is simply wonderful that's why we. can you see the beautiful trees around. vintage from. two hundred years old not old. unlike the grand palaces and geometrical designs elsewhere in peterhof the alexandria landscape is mostly natural. this for a mental part was created in the nineteenth century when nicholas the first was emperor it was named after his wife alexandra. at the beginning of the twentieth century it was a favorite spot for nicholas the second the last emperor of the roman often
a city whose children were raised here. but won't see how you're doing. these centuries old trees are under the strict control of a curator. of a only two hundred of the oaks that saul peter the great and his successors remain there regularly inspected by specialists in wood diseases and part of the process involves detailed imaging technology. because i knew the results are good in the wood floors hell my main hell famous not. well it's getting a bit dry and there is some of the dead wood in the middle when it's needed you know but all in all its condition would remain the same. to me it's
a good joke and feels good. to draw the visitor's eyes the park benefits from a range of natural lighting effects. all creating a beautifully glistening effect in the water with the rays of light playing through regular rows of trees though it was now we are walking along another avenue of the lower gardens it is called marley alley because that leads to the marley palace. there you can see the palace. three other avenues of the lower gardens lead to the mardi palace you've moved to such style of garden is called french formal garden weirdly from the french gardens have straight avenues and the trees are trimmed to give them like regular joe metric forms for.
peter the great once flew into a rage when he saw a french jock attacked invited to peterhof cutting down trees the czar was quick to beat his guests are john but he is let alone with a stick but he was later embarrassed to discover that the blonde was in fact simply trimming the trees he was so eager to impress foreign visitors with a new image of russia that he gladly took home the new european trend for trimming trees. it got the night it would rise we need to make it trapped by cutting no law from the till the i think and a little bit less said the boss and. that's our being able to achieve that shot there's no way shape. interesting like the french once believed that only men could become governors they thought that as a mother it was difficult for a woman to cut a living thing but here in the gardens of peterhof male god knows how the exception rather than the rule. of his job is to preserve the gardens historic appearance so
through. the entire pipeline covers a length of forty kilometers. realized peter's ideas and the emperor himself dug out the last shovel of earth from the new canal in seventeen twenty one the fountains began to flow. in some places the pipes installed in the days of peter the great are being preserved however the gravity fountains of peterhof are at risk cottage settlements are being built near the storage ponds and being dug in the future this may lead to both pollution and water shortages. if we do not take any measures in the nearest future namely develop a strategy to protect the entire system it may be too late. as a result we may end up using. this is highly undesirable as the phone to work in
only a few hours a day if that happens. people wanted to impress the gardens visitors not just with fountains but with a variety of entertainment some one does such as trimming trees in the shape of fairy tale characters. from overseas were strolling along the avenues and the special selection of trick fountains. trick. designed to take visitors by surprise so that they would. quite unexpectedly. when you sit on the bench. back in the days of the great people used to make big dresses out of their faces and. legend has it that. these jets of water. seconds and then.
finally when your makeup is all i can see your face. beauty is inseparable from function. that's the motto here at the peterhof gardens and all the buildings of the static and economic purposes. of the greats god is an example of this the emperor personally ordered dutch fruit and vegetable seeds which were scolded to russia as a valuable cargo. going up with his garden has the very plants that he does the great first brought to russia in seventeen eleven just that i think that all of
them grow here to take us bases to lettice bradish the famous and most unusual bit to go cold and start to choke and a coarse potatoes. in the legend has it that peter is a great planter defrosts two sacks of potatoes with his own hand. vegetables became so popular that the white flowers from potato plants were the most fashionable and ladies had decoration for quite some time today the keeper of the historical garden because mental sets about harvesting fruit and vegetables according to dutch tradition she uses them to decorate the vases in peterhof slow a gardens.
agio the fountain festival is dedicated to a particular era in two thousand and twelve the show takes the audience back to the heroic battles of eighteen twelve reminding everyone of the fact that two hundred years ago moscow burns down almost completely and shows the victory over napoleon at the budget but i do know. for the first time a multimedia laser show brings the walls of the grand palace to life palatial scenery becomes a virtual display the closing of the season is still truly on an imperial scale.
the day after the spectacle sophia met with the fountain system's chief specialist as study of peterhof is nearing completion. could you tell me how do the newly built cottages impact the water supply system in. the us the pope says it hasn't had any harmful impact as not a single call to church settlement has been commissioned yet but just course there are concerns that he's made lead to some kind of environmental to sell stuff and that this what do you think is the most difficult part of operating the water supply system in terms of technology. so servicing to found this is quite easy it's a work of genius and everything of genius is simple. making days is always coincides with the fountain festival and i usually have mixed
feelings it's joy and sadness joy from the fact that we've grown fine crops that will decorate the garden and the guests will enjoy them and sadness because the season is over and when to is knocking on the dole. when the fountain season is over and life changes. here the life is the gold peter hall. without looking fountains peter hall feels different. and so the main guardian of the fountain system. and all those who work with a wholesome is a reminder of the time also flows by just like water.