Original Summer Garden was found almost as
soon as the city itself. In 1704 Emperor Peter I reserved an
area of the city for French type of garden coped after
garden of Versailles. Famous founder of Saint Petersburg
participated in the design of Summer Garden layout as part of
greater city architectural design. Summer Garden served subsequently
served as a personal summer residence of the emperor. Unfortunately the flood of 1777
destroyed much of the original layout. Catherine the Great
re- constructed Summer Garden in her own English style.
Her workers dug two trenches on two sides thus turning
Summer Garden into an island with other two sides surrounded
There over 250 statues that line three
parallel alleys of the Summer Garden park.
Original statues were made in 17th and 18th century. However
most of current statues were replaced by their copies few
years ago. Original masterpieces were moved to a museum for
safekeeping. One of the more distinct features of the Summer
Garden is its fine filigree iron grille that was made in
1771- 84 by Pyotr Yegorov and Yuriy Velten. It lines the
outer side of the park that goes along the Neva embankment.