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The palace of Peterhof was located west of the city on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. The first palace was built on the site around 1707, very near the foundeing of the city itself. Its position - across from Peter's fortress island of Kronstadt made t
St. Tsar Peter the Great founded the city on May 27 (May 16, Old Style), 1703 after reconquering the Ingrian land from Sweden. He named it after his patron saint, the apostle Saint Peter. The original name of SanktPiterburh was actually an imitation of the pronunciation of Dutch Sint Petersburg; Peter had lived and studied in the Netherlands for quite some time. The Swedish fortress of Nyenskans and the city Nyen had formerly occupied the site, in the marshlands where the river Neva drains into the Gulf of Finland.
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