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Фонтан Самсон (The Samson Fountain)

The Samson Fountain and the Grand Cascade in the Lower Gardens at Peterhof Grand Palace, 25 km east of Saint Petersburg, Russia.


The Samson Fountain depicts the moment when Samson tears open the jaws of a lion, representing Russia's victory over Sweden in the Great Northern War, and is doubly symbolic. The lion is an element of the Swedish coat of arms, and one of the great victories of the war was won on St Samson's Day. From the lion's mouth shoots a 20-metre-high vertical jet of water, the highest in all of Peterhof. This masterpiece by Mikhail Kozlovsky was looted by the invading Germans during the Second World War. A replica of the statue was installed in 1947.


HDR from three exposures, -2, 0 +2, Canon EOS 500D, EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM. Processed with Photomatix Pro 3.2 and Photoshop Elements 7.0.


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Taken on June 1, 2010