Monument to the Hare on the Hare Island


Flood Bunny

Bunny figurine close-up
59 ° 57′08 ″ s w. 30 ° 19′22 ″ c. d. H G I O L
A country Russia
TownSaint Petersburg, Hare Island
SculptorPetrovichev, Vladimir Alekseevich
ArchitectPetchenko, Sergey Yakovlevich
EstablishedMay 8, 2003
Height58 cm
Materialalloy of silumin, aluminum, duralumin
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Monument "Bunny escaped from the flood" - a sculpture in St. Petersburg, located at the Ioannovsky bridge leading to the Peter and Paul Fortress through the Kronverksky Strait. Established as part of the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the city, it is a kind of tribute to the toponymic legend of Hare Island.

Toponymic legend

The monument was unveiled on May 8, 2003 as part of the celebration of the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg. The installation of the monument was timed to the end of the restoration work of the Ioannovsky bridge. The authors of the project were St. Petersburg sculptor Vladimir Alekseevich Petrovichev, working in the genre of animalistics and architect Sergey Yakovlevich Petchenko. One of the ideologists of the installation of the monument was the St. Petersburg historian Sergei Borisovich Lebedev.

According to the authors' idea, the hare's figure should have been installed on a pile driven into the bottom of the Kronverksky Strait, the top of which would coincide with the level of the pedestrian part of the bridge. It was originally planned to install a sculpture on the right side of the Ioannovsky bridge (if you move along the bridge to the Peter and Paul Fortress), at a distance of 2 meters from the bridge itself and 8 meters from the coastline. However, it was decided to abandon the installation of piles, due to the complexity and high cost of work. In connection with the restoration of the Ioannovsky bridge, carried out in 2003, it became possible to install a bunny figure on one of the pile bushes that protect the bridge supports from ice drift. Subsequently, the figure of the bunny was moved to another pile bush and is located on the other side of the bridge.

The sculpture is 58 cm high, made of an alloy of silumin, aluminum and duralumin, and coated with titanium nitride.

Toponymic legend

Two versions of the legend are widely known about the chance encounter on the island of the hare and the founder of the city, Peter I.

According to one version - a hare fleeing the flood, jumped on the boot of Peter I, immediately when he went ashore from a boat moored on the island. On the island itself there was an unprecedented number of hares. After this incident, Peter I began to call the island Hare.

Another version says that a frightened hare, probably fleeing, so as not to become a prey of a predator, jumped directly into the hands of Peter I. This happened at a time when the king scolded for the sluggishness of the carpenters who worked on the construction of the Peter and Paul Fortress. This incident so amused Peter I that he immediately changed his anger to mercy and did not punish the carpenters.

However, the local historian Mikhail Ivanovich Pilyaev in his work “Old Petersburg. Stories from the past life of the capital ”reported that the island had its Finnish pre-Petrine name Yenisari.

The island on which Peter created the fortress was called Yenisari, i.e. Bunny.

There is also an opinion that Finnish Yenisari is Finnish. jänis-saari, in fact, it wasn’t “Rabbit Island”, but jäänisaari - “Ivan Kupala Island”.

Interesting Facts:

The monument to the hare, installed at the Peter and Paul Fortress on a protective pile that protects the Ioannovsky bridge from ice drift, has a historical justification. According to legend, this is a hare who escaped from the St. Petersburg flood by jumping on the boot of Peter I.

The erection of the monument to the St. Petersburg hare was dedicated to the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the city on the Neva.

The monument to the Bunny does not have special architectural advantages, but is loved by numerous visitors - guests and residents of the city. He is considered a happy talisman, and special luck awaits those who will be able to throw a coin from the bridge directly onto a small platform located at the feet of the hare.

The height of the monument is 58 centimeters.

Address: St. Petersburg, Hare Island.
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How to get there:

The nearest metro station is Gorkovskaya. Ground transportation - stop "Trinity Square".

Tourist note:

Visiting the monument to the hare will be interesting for tourists interested in modern monumental architecture, and can also become one of the points of the excursion program while exploring neighboring attractions - the Peter and Paul Fortress (where the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg is located), the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Grand Ducal Tomb, the Mint, Guardhouse, Boat House, Engineering House, Commandant's House, Trubetskoy Bastion Prison, Kronverkskaya and Petrovskaya Embankments, Alexandro park, Leningrad Zoo, Trinity Square.

Photo and description

In May 17, 2003, restoration and restoration work on St. John’s Bridge connecting the Hare Island and the Peter and Paul Fortress with the Petrograd Side was completed in St. Petersburg. On the day of its official opening, the public was presented with a new monument - Bunny, who escaped from the flood. Since then, residents and visitors of St. Petersburg consider him the lucky talisman of the Ioannovsky Bridge. To see this nice monument you need to get to the Gorkovskaya station by metro. From there, walk along Kamenoostrovsky Avenue along or through the park. A little to the right, behind the park will be Ioannovsky bridge, on one of the piles of which this sculpture stands.

The figure of a hare made of aluminum alloy is rather small - only 58 centimeters. On top of it is coated with titanium nitride, which protects it from corrosion.

Initially, they wanted to install the sculpture on one of the piles of the Kronverksky duct, the top of which is on the same level with the bridge. However, this idea was not implemented, as it turned out to be quite expensive. Then they wanted to put the sculpture on a support 8 meters from the shore, to the right of the Ioannovsky bridge, but they also refused it. Then it was decided to place the sculpture of the animal on one of the piles, protecting the Ioannovsky bridge during the ice drift on the Neva.

The monument was repeatedly abducted. During competitions in water-motor sports, which are traditionally held next to the Peter and Paul Fortress, the figure of a bunny was shot down several times by boats. But every time she was returned. Over time, the sculpture was moved from one side of the bridge to the other.

The history of the monument is connected with the legends about the foundation of St. Petersburg, in the history of which there was a place for a little bunny. One of them says that, choosing a place for the future Peter and Paul Fortress, Tsar Peter I decided to explore the island, washed from all sides by the Neva. As soon as he stepped from the boat to the ground, a hare jumped under his feet. After this event, they began to call the island Hare. Another legend says that once Peter I decided to check how the construction of the future citadel is going. He was extremely dissatisfied with the results. The king was terrible in anger, and the perpetrators were threatened with severe punishment. But suddenly a bunny jumped into the hands of the king. This softened the heart of Peter, and the hare was given as a gift to the young princess.

There is a more realistic version. To strengthen Russia's position in the Baltic, Tsar Peter ordered the construction of a defensive fortress on the Yenisaari Island, whose name is translated from Finnish as “Hare”, to begin. You can consider the bunny figurine as a reminder of the floods, which have been a real misfortune of St. Petersburg since its inception - the animal stands on its hind legs, as if listening to something wary. However, the bunny is not at all afraid. He is rather ready, if necessary, to stand up for himself.

The authors of the monument are the architect S.Ya. Petchenko and sculptures by V.A. Petrovichev, famous for creating several city miniatures dedicated to animals. For example, he owns the monuments to the cat Vasilisa and the cat Elisha on Malaya Sadovaya, the frog Kike at the University of Aerospace Instrumentation (formerly Chesmensky Palace), the snail and hippo at St. Petersburg State University.

The residents of St. Petersburg and the city visitors liked the monument to the Bunny very much, laying a peculiar start to the installation of various funny monuments. Petersburgers believe that the monument to the bunny who escaped from the flood brings good luck and happiness. If you throw a coin in his direction, and it falls next to him, then all your innermost wishes will come true, and love, prosperity, a wonderful career will not keep you waiting.


The bunny, who escaped from the flood, "sits" like a talisman, near the Ioannovsky bridge leading to the Peter and Paul Fortress.

According to legend, during the flood, a little bunny fell into the boot of Tsar Peter and thereby escaped. Thanks to this heroic hare, the island on which the Peter and Paul Fortress stands is called the Hare.

The monument was unveiled on May 7, 2003, simultaneously with the commissioning after the restoration of the Ioannovsky Bridge. Since then, the bunny and the bridge are inextricably linked and the small sculpture is considered the mascot of the bridge.

The log base on which the hare sits invariably attracts tourists to compete in accuracy.

Coins that fly to the hare (and mostly fall into the water) have long evenly covered the entire bottom of the Kronverksky Canal.

Both the townspeople and the tourists liked the bunny so much that with it began a massive fascination with the installation of all kinds of funny sculptures. So, we can consider this hare to be the legal ancestor of the new architectural era in St. Petersburg.

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