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The Summer Garden was created by Peter I. The models were the grounds of Versailles and Italian palaces (with their features modeled on Roman empire or its ruins). The statues represent mythological figures in guise of 18th century courtiers. The view shows the main allee. Walking along this is so processional it is almost mesmerizing. Despite the spacious canopy of leaves, with their buffer of shade and tranquility, the axis of the park has some of that "infinity of prospekts" in Beliy's term. The first time I was here, admission to the park was free for everyone. Now there's a charge to get in, but with discounts for some (maybe such as elderly, veterans, Blockade survivors).

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