A great number of legends surround the city. The legend of the hare is perhaps the most important and the most interesting.
The stuff of legends.
This Russian city is full of magical legends and curious sculptures, such as the little hare at the entrance of the Peter and Paul Fortress (the original citadel of Saint Petersburg). This is the very spot on which the history of the city began in around 1703. As legend would have it, when Peter the Great (who ordered the fortress to be built) disembarked from his boat, a hare jumped into his boot and from that moment on, the island where the fortress was built has been known as Hare Island. As such, this statue of a hare was built at the entrance to the fortress to protect the island from floods.