Peterhof Roman Fountains
The Roman Fountains make up a two-tiered composition. A marble bowl with curved sides rests on a huge, cubic pedestal. On top of it is a smaller cube, also with a bowl from the center of which five jets play, forming a pyramid. The water falls onto the edge of the bowls and from there into basins of intricate Baroque design.
The fountains were built in 1738-1739 from a design by the architects Karl Blank and Ivan Davydov. They were very like the fountains in front of St Peter’s in Rome. Hence their name. In 1797-1800 they were rebuilt to a design produced earlier by Rastrelli.
The ornament of the Roman Fountains includes various types of colored marble, decorated garlands, wreaths and mascarons cast from a model by Ivan Martos in 1817.