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Did you know? Peterhof

Peterhof, the palace on the shore of the Gulf of Finland with fountains and gold statues, incredibly ornate and beautiful.

It was occupied by Nazi forces during WWII, who set up their guns to bombard St. Petersburg, and when they left, they took the gold statues with them. About 20 years later, they found the original moulds for the statues and recast them in plaster and covered them with gold leaf.

The fountains were all designed and engineered by Peter the Great -- a pretty good engineer by all accounts.

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