NSP2016 offers several social events such as the Welcome party (Hotel New Peterhof, June 28), workshop banquet (July 01), an excursion to Peterhof Grand Palace and Lower Park and a bus trip to the Lomonosov town and Kronshadt (July 01).
Furthermore, there is an exciting Ladies Program (excursions and other activities for the accompanying persons).
Wednesday 29 June
14.30-17.30 – Excursion “Peterhof Grand Palace and Lower Park”, refreshments after
Friday 01 July
14.30-17.30 Bus trip to Kronstadt and Lomonosov
Kronstadt is a town and seaport on Kotlin Island, 30 km west of St.Petersburg, in the Gulf of Finland. Traditionally, the seat of the Russian Admiralty and the base of the Russian Baltic Fleet were located there to guard the approaches to St.Petersburg. Nowadays, the historic center with its magnificent neo-byzantine Naval Cathedral, the tide gauge pavilion, bridges, canals between the harbors, as well as dozens of fortifications dating back to the 18th century are part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
The way to Kronstadt lies on the Flood Prevention Facility Complex, a unique 25 km long dam which connects the island to both shores and is part of St.Petersburg Ring Road. On our trip we will drive along the 6 lane highway on the top of this dam, across the huge water-locks, and underwater through the 1.8 km long tunnel.
On the way back from Kronstadt we will make a stop to see Lomonosov, a town and the site of an 18th century park and palace complex. It was named after the Russian chemist, physicist, astronomer, geographer and poet Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765). The Grand Palace was intended for Alexander Menshikov, a close associate of Peter the Great, who at the time was overseeing the fortification at Kronstadt. Later it became an Imperial summer residence. Facing the sea, with a two-level terrace in front of it and a luxuriant formal garden below, this elegant palace has recently undergone full-scale renovation and features the late baroque architecture by B. Rastrelli. Varied woodland in the park is interlaced with canals, ponds, bridges and sweeping meadows. It makes up a fascinating ensemble together with such pavilions as the Sliding Hill (a “roller-coaster” using sledges or wheeled carts), the Stone Hall used for masquerades, and the Chinese Palace with its superbly ornate interior, including tapestries made of fine glass beads (bugles).
Peterhof is a town situated 30 km west of St.Petersburg and world famous for its unique 18th-early 19th century ensemble of parks, palaces and fountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Altogether the parks cover as much as 230 hectares and are located on 2 levels made up by a natural terrace overlooking the Gulf of Finland. The centerpiece of the entire complex is incredibly impressive Great Cascade of fountains, the Grand Palace and the Marine Canal.
The building of the Grand Palace as an Imperial summer residence began in the reign of Peter the Great and continued through subsequent decades by many famous architects with different architectural styles: from the splendid baroque halls by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, to the dignified classical and ornate rococo rooms.
The role of a magnificent courtyard for the Grand Palace is played by the Upper Park set out like a formal French garden. Its whole layout with the green lawns, fountains and ponds of the broad parterre is centered on the palace emphasizing its splendor.
Forming a single whole with the Grand Palace is the Cascade with the impressive system of 64 fountains planned by Peter the Great himself. Together with 17 artificial waterfalls, 39 gilded bronze statues, decorative sculptures, bas-reliefs and a majestic grotto on the hill-slope the cascade is one of the finest fountain ensembles in the world.
From the terrace above the Great Cascade there is a splendid view of the Lower Park, which, in its turn, is famous for the astounding range and diversity of nearly 150 fountains – from monumental ensembles (the Triton) and cascades (the Chess Hill, the Golden Hill) to trick-fountains (spraying an unwary passerby). Some of them make up a single whole with smaller palaces and pavilions, such as, for example, Monplaisir (Peter the Great’s favourite little palace), Chateau de Marly, and the Hermitage Pavilion.