Animal statues and unusual monuments

One of the world's most highly planned historic cities, strictly molded to the specifications of generations of Russian Emperors, St. Petersburg's architecture and urban decorations are grand, ornate, and majestically beautiful, but rarely frivolous or fun. In recent decades, however, local artists have been able to introduce some more idiosyncratic monuments to the streets of the city, celebrating the city's folklore and civic history. Statues of animals, ranging from regal lions next to the Winter Palace to an 11-centimeter songbird from a famous nursery rhyme, have featured prominently in both traditions.