Girl with a Paddle Saint Petersburg

Image by Ekaterina Kalinina

Girl with a Paddle – Hidden sporty spot

Kamenny Islands (translated as the Stone Islands) is a great place to walk around in the historic part of the city without risking facing the army of tourists. There is plenty of sightseeing to be done here and I would love to tell stories about everything, so I’ll start with my favorite piece: it is the Girl with a Paddle. To be totally correct, the monument is located on the Nameless island near the rowing sports base. 

Some curious facts about the Girl with a Paddle: the USSR authorities actively promoted the value of being a strong and sporty person in the 1920s-1930s. As a consequence of that idea, several monuments of athletes appeared all over the country. There were several girls with oars, and the local one is a copy of a statue in Moscow.

I don’t why, but I like this monument a lot, even understanding that this is the extreme form of eclecticism: you find this Soviet realism monument quite close to the oak tree planted by Peter the Great. Why not? 🙂 Also, this spot has a very romantic ambiance with its willows, boats, the water and the white figure of the Girl with a Paddle.

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Details about this spot



Deputatskaya Ulitsa 9, Saint Petersburg

Opening Times

24 hours daily


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)