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Statue of Chizhik-Pyzhik, St. Petersburg

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Monument Tourist Spot
When walking along the Fontanka Embankment keep your eyes peeled for Statue of Chizhik-Pyzhik and don't miss the chance to hit a streak of good luck. Standing only 11 cm (4.3 in) tall, the statue of a siskin bird on the ledge of the embankment is one of the smallest in the city. The bird sits across from the building of the former Imperial School of Jurisprudence, whose students wore yellow-and-green uniforms resembling the feathers of a siskin, or "chizhik" in Russian. The students' boisterous behavior around neighborhood pubs served as the inspiration for the popular Chizhik-Pyzhik nursery rhyme about a drunken student. Bring small change when you visit the statue, because the tradition says that good luck will follow everyone who lands a coin on it from the top of the embankment. To visit Statue of Chizhik-Pyzhik and get the most from your holiday in St. Petersburg, create itinerary details personal to you using our St. Petersburg itinerary maker.
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  • A tiny metal statue of a bird on the wall side by a bridge, pointed out by guides when on canal boat rides. Try to drop a coin on its plinth for good luck. I imagine local diver will reap the benefits...  more »
  • Went on a boat trip and was telling my husband that this little bird is up near the area that we are in on the boat, near the St Michaels Palace near the Summer Gardens and to look out for this little...  more »
  • We tried to drop some pennies onto the plinth but were unsuccessful but shared the pleasure of watching other people succeed  more »
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  • I'm looking forward to my next St. Petersburg trip because with my 1000 coins i didn't hit him once - now i have to safe money and the i will come back! Majestic statue!!!
  • Not interesting at all - attraction for kids. Was made a few years ago - there is not traditional place but stupid "touristic" trick. Go to Hermitage, Pushkin, Pavlovsk..Please!
  • Small bird statue, based on an old little song. You can try to land a coin on it, but it's more fun watching someone fishing up the missed coins with a magnet.
  • this worldfamous bird is by far the most beautiful siskin statue in st. petersburg (and maybe all of europe)
  • Interesting place, where you can try your luck and train to throw coins

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