Peterhof: walking through time


Museum Peterhof is one of the key attractions of St. Petersburg. For 200 years it was the summer residence for Russian emperors and the symbol of Russia's greatness.  Nowadays it is worldwide known for its stunning fountains, beautiful parks and gardens,  but very few people know the rich history of it. Today we are going to tell you about the most significant periods of this incredible place.

The begining

As we just have said, from the very beginning Peterhof considered the symbol of Russia's greatness, which was earned by desired access to the Baltic Sea. Peter the Great had a wish to build a residence that would be as beautiful and impressive as French Versailles. The idea of it firstly appeared in his mind in 1714, and in 1723 it was officially opened. That exceeded all the expectations! New Peterhof residence amazed even the European audience.


Peterhof was literally the brainchild of Peter the Great. It preserved more than ten of his handwritten drawings related to Peterhof. But there were people who didn’t like the innovations of Peter the Great and after the death of the emperor they consigned Peterhof and St. Petersburg to oblivion.

Only 5 years later in 1730 Russian empress Anna Ioannovna resumed the construction, which continued for 10 years. Rebuilding lasted for 10 years by one of the best Russian architectures of that time Mikhail Zemtsov. He perfectly embodied all the most advanced ideas of Paris masters.


The palaces and parks of Peterhof suffered greatly during the World War II, it was a horrible time both for citizens of Leningrad and historical monuments of the city. Forces of Hitler occupied Peterhof in 1941 and stayed there till 1944. During that period they stilled and destroyed a lot of art treasures, barbarously cut down trees in the parks, blew up and burned down the palace and took away all the statues from the cascade and Lower Park.


But after the end of the war in 1945 with the great support of Leningrad citizens and sappers the Lower Park opened for visitors and 38 water cannons began to work in the central part of the park. The key day of Peterhof’s reincarnation was September 14, in 1947 when the group of golden statues “Samson, rending the lion's mouth” again decorated the Grand cascade. 


In 1990 Peterhof was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and still embodies all the splendor of the Russian culture. It is an absolutely “must-visit” in every Saint-Petersburg tours.

Peterhof: walking through time
8 4
Regal Russia Awaits Your Lovestruck Hearts In the footsteps of great Russian writers
Olta service

I have read the Policy of personal data protection of "Olta travel" LLC, accept the conditions and give my consent to the processing of my personal data, namely: the treatment (including collection, systematization, accumulation, storage, clarification (updating, changing) usage, depersonalization, blocking, destruction of personal data), general description of which is given in the Federal law of the Russian Federation of 27.07.2006 № 152-FL and the law of the European Union (European Union Data Protection Framework Directives and The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in accordance with the ЕС 2016/679).


This Policy of personal data processing (hereinafter - the Policy) applies to all data that "OLTA Travel" Co. Ltd (hereinafter – Olta Travel) receives from the visitors of website (hereinafter "the Website") and explains how it is processing, stored and how the confidentiality is ensured.

1. Processing and use of personal data.

1.1. In this Policy, personal information means any information left by users on the Website of Olta Travel, including Name, Surname, company, email address and other contact information, left in the message.

1.2. The person who left personal data on the Website of Olta Travel, consents to their use, namely:

1.2.1. The inclusion of the email address, name, surname, company name or any other contact information left in the message in the contact database of Olta Travel. The database is hosted in a secure cloud-based customer relationship management service Bitrix 24, as well as on a secure service for newsletters – Unisender.

1.2.2. Receiving email newsletters with news, promotions, special offers and other useful materials, but no more than twice a week. The visitor of the Website at any time has the right to unsubscribe from the mailing list of Olta Travel, by clicking on the unsubscribe link located at the bottom of each letter.

1.2.3. Direct communication with the manager of Olta travel on the treatment of the user.

1.2.4. The use of contact information to show relevant advertisements to users in social networks and the Internet.

1.2.5. For other purposes performed with the individual consent of the user.

2. The collection, storage and protection of personal data.

2.1. All personal data collected on the Website is processed, stored and secured in strict accordance with the provisions of the legislation of the Russian Federation (Federal law of the Russian Federation of 27 July 2006 № 152-FL "On personal data") and the European Union (The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679).

2.2. Olta Travel is taking the necessary legal, organizational and technical measures to protect personal information from unlawful or accidental access, copying, distribution of personal information, as well as other unlawful actions in relation to personal data of users, which include:

•     secure transfer and storage of personal data on secure servers;

•     automated processing of personal data;

•     identification of possible threats to the security of personal data;

•     limiting the number of persons having access to personal data;

•     application of measures of internal regulation of the procedure of working with personal data (internal regulations for employees of Olta Travel);

•     improving methods of collection, storage and processing of data.

2.3. All data received on the Website of Olta Travel are transmitted via a secure https Protocol and stored on servers in secure, cloud-based customer relationship management service Bitrix 24, as well as in safe service for creating email newsletters Unisender.

3. User rights and obligations of Olta Travel.

3.1. Upon the request from the user Olta Travel should:

•        confirm the fact and methods of storage and processing of personal data of users;

•        inform about the method of obtaining personal data of the user;

•        explain the legal bases, objectives and timing of the processing of personal data;

•        in case of personal data leakage, inform the user about it;

•        make changes or delete users ' personal data from the database to stop storing and processing it;

•        warn about the expected cross-border transfer of personal data.

3.2. The user has the right to request the deletion of his personal data by sending an e-mail to [email protected] as well as the exclusion from the email-mailing by clicking on the "Unsubscribe" button located in the body of each letter.

4. Conditions of termination of processing and storage of personal data:

•       company liquidation;

•       a written request for withdrawal of consent or exclusion from the database;

•       at the request of the user, if the data were obtained illegally.

5. Olta Travel is not responsible for information posted by a visitor on the third party websites, links to which can be posted on the Website of Olta Travel.

6. More information about the collection, storage and processing of personal data by Olta Travel, the user may get by sending an email to [email protected]