SUMMER GARDEN UNDERGROUND
As you know, the Summer Garden contains many myths and legends, let’s begin to dispel all the incredible stories around the gardens of the Russian Museum.
The most widespread legend about the underground passages dug under the Summer Garden by order of Peter the Great has been around since the century before last. It was believed that they might be needed in the event of an attack by the conspirators, but they were never used. And then they forgot about the dungeons, or, perhaps, they were filled up in the 18th century, when the garden was being restored and equipped after another flood.
These rumors found confirmation – during repair work or laying communications, workers from time to time stumbled upon unexpected sinkholes in the ground and remnants of brickwork. However, as the excavations of our time have shown, the mysterious masonry is part of the brick collectors, through which the water from the fountains went into the Neva.