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short period of time. peaches that's enough to fill. the fountains have never.
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and in the early eighteenth century. best. to help to realize his grand ideas. even. construction stopped as each successive contributed to its present appearance his huge. five hundred football fields. so if his 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
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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 greats 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 the broke down today's engineers sells us problems with the help of technology. to get 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 them. everything's fine.
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the grand cascades central feature is the gilded samson fountain. the water jets from the lion smell shoots twenty one metres 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 peace of the great and the russian army but also a victory in world war two. since you put 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
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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 who it was nineteen forty six.
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as far as i remember the opening of the first construction stage are there were only two italian fountains as well as terrorist fountains. 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 they were moved them. next to the cascade and of course if the
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germans a guest about it they would have taken all the sculptures with them. as for samson he was never found some believer 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 all russians the samson fountain is the main fountain of russia it's not only a symbol of peter's victory in pulp but also over whole a roic history. villian go off is the oldest stuff member of peta hoff he knows the history of every sculpture in the park in detail and only after his thorough examination may or
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restored statue returned to peter holes. on the bush shouldn't deviate from the anatomy. of the follows the picture that you sent us was thinking the way in which i think is a bent so you press down the finger and i feel bit nervous prestone already over. it's just because the one in the picture. but of course it can be proved. today the biggest problem for peterhof sculptures is vandalism some tourists break fingers off the statues but unbeknownst to them they're only taking home replicas many of the originals have long been kept hidden away in storage. despite. sculptures have always been damaged now and in the times of peter the great city. of here incidentally is one of peterhof spece has some drama.
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but 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 perseus who defeated to see monster with a born for one over the beautiful andromeda with. 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 if this is the first bronze statue of russia before that there were no secular statues in russia all the sculptures were religious and were
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made of either wood or stone and peter wanted to have his own neptune but of 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. the old the more the better. with both will go but we've spent a lot of time thinking what to do for the fountain season's closing ceremony of the both. of which we realize it wasn't just any old event before but the two hundredth anniversary of the victory in the a c. in twelve will deal with some of the main theme of this performance is a ball interrupted by the war at the idea of a move but the ball dances like these were common in this palace of the family
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commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of burrows into the sea of the old world the. piece of stuff members some two thousand of them a busy making final preparations for the fountain season's closing ceremony details of the performance are a closely guarded secret given from those who look at the historic peterhof every day. would be soon which brightened. movements from fans to christians.
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more news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. operations are today. for a few days and peta house alexandria punk time goes back to the arrows causing a little issue of.
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the park transforms into la rochelle complete with a fortress camp guards guns and waltzes the main x. is a musket is performing daring feats like chasing carriages about it. in the old days various people brought to peter hall from france and today the stunts is still staged by the french. a new movie based on one of alexander novels is being shot him. but well the book is simply wonderful that's why we're shooting here can you see the beautiful trees around you that it looks like vintage from. the lugs which are two hundred years old if not older. 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.
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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. only two hundred of the oaks that saul peter the great and his successors remain are there regularly inspected by specialists and would diseases and part of the process involves detailed imaging technology. because i kneel in the results. in the wood or is healthy and remain healthy.
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well it's getting a bit dry and there is some of the dead wood in the middle it's needed you know but all in all its condition would remain the same. it's a good joke and it was 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. where 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 will be from the french gardens have straight avenues and the trees are trimmed to
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give them like regular joe metric forms for. peter the great once flew into a rage when he saw a french architected invited to peterhof cutting down trees the czar was quick to beat his guests are john but he's 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. and night it would rise we need to make a chapter by cutting out the law from the end a little bit less at the bottom. that's our been able to achieve the trap is always shape. interesting like the french once believed that only men could become
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governors they thought that as a mother it was difficult for a woman to cause a living thing but here in the gardens of peterhof male god knows of the exception rather than the rule. your million of his job is to preserve the gardens historic appearance so they. trees. trees grow. but.
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search. the special feature of. is the. difference in the water.
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through. and since. 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 had been preserved however the gravity fountains of peterhof are at risk cottage settlements are being built near the storage ponds and artesian wells are being dug in the future this may lead to both pollution and water shortages. if we do not take any measures in the nearest
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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 brought in from overseas with strolling along the avenues and the special selection of trick fountains. here we have peter holmes trick. of full of them were designed to take visitors by surprise so that they would end up under a jet of water quite unexpectedly. when you sit on the bench for instance. back in the days of the great people used to make big wigs and dresses
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out of their faces and color to the. legend has it that. these jets of water. was. 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. purposes. of the greats garden is an example of this. dutch fruit and vegetable seeds. where is scolded to russia has
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a valuable cargo. loaded up with his guard and has to ferry plans that he does a great first brought to russia in seventeen eleven am just that i think that all of them grow here to date us if this is lettice bradish this famous and the most unusual bit to go cold and sigh to choke and a course potatoes. in the legend has it that peter is a great planted the first 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 many sets about harvesting fruit and vegetables according to dutch tradition she uses them to decorate the vases in peterhof slower gardens.
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a.g.a 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 bottom but as you 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.
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the day off to the spectacle sophia met with the fountain system's chief specialist as study of peterhof is nearing completion. let's go could you tell me how do the newly built cottages impact the water supply system in. the us the hope so far 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's 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. and
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yet. 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 winter is knocking on the dole. when the fountain season is over and life changes say here that life is the goal without peter hall. without working fountains peter hall feels different. and for the main guardian of the fountain system. and all those who work with the autumn is a reminder the time also flows by just like water. sigrid
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