On this 3D picture one can see the famous fountain “Samson Tearing Open the Laws of the Lion” which is located in front of the Grand Palace in Peterhof. The fountain was constructed by the order of Catherine I by Mikhail Kozlovsky in the 1730s. This masterpiece represents Russia’s victory over Sweden in the Great Northern War, and is doubly symbolic.
As the lion was an element of the Swedish coat of arms, and one of the great victories of the war was won on St Samson’s Day. A 20-metre-high vertical jet of water, the highest in all of Peterhof, shoots out of the lion’s mouth. See 3D pics.
From the very beginning “Samson” was placed even higher, but in windy weather its splashes reached the palace so that Elizabeth ordered to remove the fountain lower.
During World War II the sculpture of Samson was stolen by the invading Germans. A replica of the statue was recreated by V. Simonov and installed in 1947.