Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Russia - Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments
Sent by Kaurry from Russia. This postcard shows The Lower Park of Peterhof.
The building of the capital of Peter the Great, symbol of Russia, began in the 18th century, thanks to the colossal forced labour of Russian soldiers, Swedish and Ottoman prisoners of war, and Finnish and Estonian workers and labourers. The metamorphosis of an inhospitable coastal area into a superb city where palaces, churches and convents, and also two-storey stone houses fit in to the urban designs of the Frenchman Alexandre Leblond, was completed in less than 20 years.