The day of February 8 (January 28 according to the old style) in 1725 is marked in the history of Russia by a tragic event – the death of Peter the Great, who died at the beginning of the sixth hour in the morning in the Winter Palace.

According to legend, Peter I caught a bad cold while rescuing drowning sailors in Lakhta in November 1724, this caused an exacerbation of kidney disease, which led to death. Peter I was buried in the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg.

Russia lost the reformer tsar, and the Summer Gardens were “orphaned”, because Peter paid more attention to these gardens than all the other rulers of the country.

In the first half of the 18th century there were three Summer Gardens in St. Petersburg. Two were located on the territory of the modern Summer Garden. The first Summer Garden was located closer to the Neva, the Second started from the Cross Channel and extended to the Moika River. The Third Summer Garden was located on the territory of the modern Mikhailovsky Garden. The construction and maintenance of these gardens was financed through the administrator of the royal family, Boris Neronov, and came mainly from the personal funds of Emperor Peter the Great and his wife Ekaterina Alekseevna.