Statue of Chizhik-Pyzhik, St. Petersburg

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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. Statue of Chizhik-Pyzhik is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, St. Petersburg Edition.
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  • This was a bit of fun while exploring the city. I wasn't too worried about seeing it, but my partner absolutely insisted that we had to go. So, we went and just had a little bit of fun! As it's the de...  more »
  • Our Russian friend told us to visit and try our luck . Map on tripadviosr , even the downloaded offline version gives you the near perfect place, so follow that, and check out this little hidden bird ...  more »
  • The first time I saw Chizhika-Pyzhika with water. It's so small that at once and you won't notice. Then, on a walk, looked at closer and even tried to toss a coin.
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