Hundreds of people attended the opening ceremony of the Peterhof Palace's summer season near Saint Petersburg on Saturday.

The annual event included costume performances, dancing and the turning on of the 64 individual Grand Cascade fountains.

Construction at the site began in 1709 but it was only after Peter the Great visited Versailles in 1717 that he decided to build the site into something to rival the French palace. Much of the construction at the complex, which was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1990, took place between 1714 and 1723 with the Grand Palace being completed in 1725.

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