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Saint Petersburg, Russia - July 29, 2012: Tourists visiting the Peterhof Palace gardens (built in 18th century) which are a series of palaces and gardens, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great. The palace-ensemble along with the city centre is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon the bluff's face below the Palace is the Grand Cascade (Bolshoi Kaskad). This and the Grand Palace are the centrepiece of the entire complex.

Saint Petersburg, Russia - July 29, 2012: Tourists visiting the Peterhof Palace gardens (built in 18th century) which are a series of palaces and gardens, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great. The palace-ensemble along with the city centre is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon the bluff's face below the Palace is the Grand Cascade (Bolshoi Kaskad). This and the Grand Palace are the centrepiece of the entire complex.

Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia - May 15, 2016: The cascade of fountain structures "Chess Mountain" is located on the natural slope of the Lower Park of Peterhof. Construction began by architect Niccolo Michetti in 1721 by the decision of Peter the Great, in 1737 construction resumed according to a new project developed by Mikhail Zemtsov, in 1769 the drain slopes were painted with black and white squares, and the cascade became known as Chess Mountain. The cascade consists of four ramps resembling huge mirrors, and is decorated in the form of a chessboard. Water flows down the ledges into a semicircular pool. Outside, to the left and right of the two staircases, there are ten sculptures of Greek gods made of white marble, brought from Italy in 1724. They represent a valuable collection of park sculpture of the XVIII century. The cascade is constantly surrounded by tourists and strolling vacationers.

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