The Summer Garden (Russian: Ле́тний сад, Letniy sad) is a historic public garden that occupies an eponymous island between the Neva, Fontanka, Moika, and the Swan Canal in downtown Saint Petersburg, Russia and shares its name with the adjacent Summer Palace of Peter the Great. Its inception dates back to early 18 century when Russia took these lands from Sweden in the Great Northern War. Being a monument of landscape architecture featuring original and copied sculptures of classical mythology characters, a former royal palace and a monument to the fable author Ivan Krylov, the garden is now a branch of the Saint Petersburg-based national art treasury Russian Museum.
The park was personally designed by Tsar Peter in 1704, supposedly, with the assistance of the Dutch gardener and physician Nicolaas Bidloo. Starting from 1712, the planting of the Summer Garden was further elaborated by the Dutch gardener Jan Roosen, who was the chief gardener of the park till 1726. The well-known French architect Jean-Baptiste Le Blond, who arrived in St. Petersburg in 1716, added to the park the flavour of a Garden à la française. The Summer Garden was largely completed in 1719. The walks were lined with a hundred allegorical marble sculptures, executed by Francesco Penso, Pietro Baratta, Marino Gropelli, Alvise Tagliapietra, Bartolomeo Modulo and other Venetian sculptors that were acquired by Sava Vladislavich. In the late 20th century, 90 surviving statues were moved indoors, while modern replicas took their place in the park.
Hamed Nuri | Jan 15, 2018
Beautiful and green with tall and old trees. Must definitely take a walk in it.
bbru2281 bbru2281 | Feb 21, 2018
I loved this park! So beautiful and interesting.
Juha Nurmonen | Aug 1, 2017
Most beautiful historic garden. Liked the atmosphere very much on a summer evening before sunset. It has guards at entrances and ice cream and snacks can be purchased on park lanes, as well as other dishes at a restaurant. Museum of the history of the Summer Garden is located in the garden.
Vladimir Yakovlev | Oct 15, 2017
English version below. Прекрасный недавно восстановленный сад. Там уютно, тихо, красивые фонтаны, аккуратные газоны и тропинки. Везде чувствуется атмосфера прошлых веков и людей, гуляющих в саду... Потрясающе! Если хочется на час отойти от шума большого города - вы нашли то самое место! The garden was reconstructed few years ago and it has become a brilliant, cozy, calm and quite place to relax from the noisy loud city. The avenues, bushes and greens, fountains and summer houses - they all let you feel better and better. Don’t about monuments and atmosphere of 18th century that covers you on every step. Enjoy the silence (c)
Emily P | Dec 22, 2017
If I lived in Russia I'd be here everyday. Saint Petersburg is the most beautiful city in the world! Inspiration and art is all around you.
amrita mukherjee | Mar 31, 2018
Best to visit in summer. Wonderful place to have nice calm time.
Shrivijay Kakirde | Apr 24, 2018
Park in centre of Petersburg. Fountains, sculptures and ponds with birds in is a plce to relax and spend some time with loves ones. This ia not just a regular park, but is us also work of art.
Kasia | May 20, 2018
First place I saw in St Petersburg. A charming garden filled with fountains and statues. You can buy snacks and ice cream everywhere. Occassionally street artists display their puppeteer skills. A perfect place for a Sunday walk, especially if you manage to hit a window with less tourists.
Valerie P. | May 22, 2018
What I like best about the garden is that the sculptures were surely chosen by people with great sense of humour :)
Anna Phillips Photography | May 23, 2018
I was in the Summer Garden in 2016 and had to pay for a ticket. In may of 2018 we got for free.
Cyrill Cassin | Jul 13, 2018
A perfect shade shelter on a scorching day. Not to be missed as long as you are here anyways. Public facilities are there as well.
Ernst Toerien | Jul 11, 2018
Centrally located so easy to work into your tourist walk around. Lots of great sculptures, although not the originals. Fountains, etc. In the southern part of the park there is a small lake with swans. The restored park looks great, but in a way I preferred the more old rugged look it had before. Still, come and see and relax in the shade.
Mark Hart | Jul 3, 2018
Beautiful place with loads to see, perfect for a relaxing summertime stroll, will defiantly take the time to go again on my next visit.
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