Take a tour of Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia – part of the World’s Greatest Attractions series by GeoBeats. The many palaces, fountains, and statues at Peterhof gleam golden in the bright sun. Work first began at the order of Peter the Great in the 18th century. It was expanded and added onto by succeeding rulers through the 19th century. Today, Peterhof is the definition of opulence, with several palaces and acres of sprawling gardens. There’s the Sea Channel and Samson Fountain, symbolizing Russia’s victory over Sweden. The breathtaking Grand Cascade flows down from the Grand Peterhof Palace. Many of the fountains and statues are based on mythology or famous points in history. The palace grounds are a stunning and wonderful place, encouraging visitors to walk and gawk.