Water Avenue, the Samson fountain and the Grand Palace.

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Water Avenue

Around St Petersburg

Criss-crossed by bridges and bedecked by smaller sprays, the Water Avenue is a canal leading from the hydrofoil dock to the palace. It culminates in the magnificent Grand Cascade, a symphony of more than 140 fountains engineered in part by Peter himself.

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