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football fields. so if his researching the imperial residence his unique fountain system to finish her ten year long project she still has to conduct a number of interviews. with 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 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 solve such problems with
the help of technology. they want us to invest enough for to day so we can stand. for everyone we have no problems today. i saw a small leak but you can look at it closely and decide what to do about it you should get a problem with the water comes through the spout them. everything's fine. the grand cascades central feature is the gilded samson fountain. the water jets from alliance mail shoots twenty one meters up into the sky. to 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 whatever 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 a 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 evidently of followed in his father's footsteps. so it was nineteen forty six. as far as i remember the opening of the first construction stage are there were only two italian fountains as well as terrorist fountains and was 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. friendships were also present during the excavation of numerous sculptures sort of benighted in forty one without 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 if the germans a guest about it they would have taken all the 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 scalped of a silly siminoff made a new one. there 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 row of history. william and 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 star examination may restored statue return to peter holes. on the bush shouldn't deviate from the anatomy. he follows the picture that you sent us was thinking the way in which i think is a bend and so you press down the finger a little bit nervous preston already looking over. just because the one in the picture. of course it can be proved. today the biggest
problem for peterhof 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 some sculptures have always been damaged you know it's now and in the times of peter the great city but. here incidentally is one of peterhof spece has some drama. 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 prescious who defeated the sea monster with a more fulfilled one for one over the beautiful andromeda. the right hand was
reconstructed off to the wall. so every you can see that this reconstructed hand doesn't have five fingers it was. 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 and 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 people always ask why it has such a feat this is because to. to rub them for a look at them how many times i've always told them or them better.
we've spent a lot of time thinking of what to do for the fountain season's closing ceremony. i'm sure we realize it wasn't just any old event before but the two hundredth anniversary of the victory in the eight hundred twelve will continue some of the main theme of this performance is a ball interrupted by the wall at the podium for me but the dances like these were common in this palace because of the family commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of the rose into the sea about school or the. peace all 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 from those who work at the historic peterhof every day.
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for a few days and peter house alexandria time goes back to the era of cardinal richelieu . transforms into la rochelle complete with a fortress camp gods guns and. the main axes a musket in daring feats like chasing carriages. in the old days various people from france and today the stunts is still staged by the french. the new movie based on one of alexander is being shot him. for the book is simply wonderful that's why we. see the beautiful trees around. looks like vintage fronds. 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. 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 the curator. only two hundred of the oaks that saul peter the great and his successors remain are there regularly inspected by specialists in wood diseases and part of the process involves detailed imaging technology. because i knew
the results. in the wood morris herald remain hell famous. or it's getting a bit dry and there is some dead wood in the middle east who did you know what its condition would remain the same. visit to me it's a good joke and it feels good. to draw the visitors 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 what made you and now we are walking along another avenue of the lower gardens it is called marley alley because that leads to the. there you can see the palace. three
other avenues of the lower gardens lead to the marquee palace you move to such style of garden it is called french formal garden will be from french gardens have straight avenues and the trees are trimmed to give them like regular joe metric forms a. piece of the great ones 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 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. and got the guys we need to make. law from. the
bottom. that's how we'll be able to achieve the trap is what shape. interesting the french once believed that only men could become 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 how the exception rather than the rule. your million of his job is to preserve the gardens historic appearance so they look as they did under the emperor as the plant collection includes linden's oaks and ash trees and remains true to peter's records after all the emperor took personal care of the assortment of trees growing in these gardens . should be a good lead and everything i deal with goes well. everything grows well.
compared to. this grand russian residence is on the shore of the gulf of. the water supply system has to develop a new tourist through the spring. continue with this research try to learn as much as possible and. this place has huge potential. tourist true. going to be more. those who. could get here by bicycle.
area peter discovered. the special feature of peter. is the. difference in the terrain makes the water run downhill. and there's a whole network of natural streams flowing into a canal which feeds. through gateways the water pipes directly to the. pipeline forty kilometers. realized peter's ideas and the. last shovel of earth from 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 easy and 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 future namely develop a strategy to protect the entire system it may be too late. as a result we may end up using pump phone. this is highly undesirable as the phone to do 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 wondrous such as trimming trees in the shape of fairy tale characters but brought in from overseas was strolling along the avenues and the special selection of trick fountains. here we have peter holds trickles down to one 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. but if you put back in the days of peter the great people used to wear lots of make up big wigs and heavy dresses out of their faces and color to their eyebrows. legend has it that when they came under these jets of water. seconds and then. finally when your makeup is old 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. like the logo of the who says garden has the fairy plants that peter is a great first brought to russia in seventeen eleven am just that i think that all of them grow here to take us if a system that is radish this famous and most unusual if it is to book called inside to choke and a small horse potatoes. in the legend has it that peter is a great plan to defer use to sacks of potatoes with his own hands. 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 golden elaina because mental sets about harvesting fruit and vegetables according to dutch tradition she uses them to decorate the vases in pea to help slow a gardens. agio the fountain festival is dedicated to a particular year 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 ensures the victory over napoleon at the bottom 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 peter health is nearing completion. let's go could you tell me how do the new live build 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 it's made lead to some kind of environmental to sell stuff so that this what's what do you think is the most difficult part of operating the
water supply system in terms of technology. slows servicing to found this is quite easy it's a work of genius and everything of genius is simple. making judge 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 will. here the life is the dole peterhof. without watching fountains peter hall feels different. and for the main god ijn of