Upon crossing over Ioannovsky Bridge, you will see a log erecting vertically from the water, and perched atop it a small sculpture of a Hare, the namesake of the Island. Prior to the fortress being built there, the island was a mostly unused swamp, and many hares lived there. Legend has it that during a flood, a hare leapt into the boot of Peter the Great, and the hare was then saved, and this is how the island received its name. The small figure on the log was carved by the sculptor Petrovich. At some point, a tradition appeared which remains to this day: to attempt to throw a coin onto the top of the log where the hare stands. If the coin remains–your wish will be granted!