"Menagerie" fountains - two identical fountains in the Lower Park of the Palace and Park Ensemble "Peterhof" in Peterhof (St. Petersburg).
Thanks to the jets of water gushing up from the center of the fountain pools, the Menagerie fountains create an impression of power and grandeur.
Menagerie fountains were created in 1722-1724 by the architect N. Michetti.
In the second half of the 18th century, the water columns of the fountains were raised and supported on their tops by gilded copper balls, which, when the fountains were turned off, were lowered into a copper grid. Balls and nets are now missing.
The fountains have round bowls of pools, from the center of which a powerful jet of water shoots up. The water jet of the fountains rises up to 15 meters and is clearly visible from afar.
With such a visual force of the jets, the water in the fountains is consumed sparingly. The word "Menager" itself comes from the French "menager" - to save.
The nozzle for the fountain pipe was proposed by Peter I himself and made according to his own drawing. An inverted copper cone is embedded in a 30 cm diameter pipe at the jet outlet. The water, flowing around the cone, beats under great pressure through a narrow annular gap, forming a hollow column that gives the impression of extraordinary power. This nozzle design is still used today.
Video of fountains " Menazhernye»
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The photo was taken from the garden of Venus, located on the opposite side of the pond from the fountains
The menagerie fountains and the adjacent ensemble are located in the western part of the Lower Park of the Peterhof Palace and Park Ensemble.
The fountains of Peterhof are closed for the winter (do not work) - from about the middle of October.
In winter, when the fountains are not working, the entrance to the Lower Park is free (free of charge).
During the summer, the fountains are open and the entrance to the park is paid.
Tickets to the park can be purchased at the ticket offices located directly near the entrances to the park or in advance-online on the official website.
We recommend that you check the working hours of the park and fountains, as well as the conditions of visiting and the cost of tickets, immediately before visiting the official website.
Website of the State Museum-Reserve "Peterhof": peterhofmuseum.
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