Irkutsk - Must See Sites In Russia

Irkutsk - Must See Sites

For most tourists, Irkutsk is just the "gateway to Baikal", an intermediate point on the way to the unique lake.
Must See Sites in Irkutsk City 

For most tourists, Irkutsk is just the "gateway to Baikal", an intermediate point on the way to the unique lake. They don't know what they are missing this Siberian city has a very special charm. No wonder it was called "Eastern Paris", and the locals modestly call their city "the Middle of the Earth". Irkutsk grew up on the trade routes connecting Russia and China, and then became a place of exile for the aristocratic rebels of the 19th century - the Decembrists. Both merchants and Decembrists left a bright trace in the history of Irkutsk. Must See Sites in Yekaterinburg City

The main attraction of the city is its unique historical buildings. Wooden and stone houses are decorated with beautiful lace ornaments, the lush and festive style of which scientists call "Siberian Baroque". The most striking example of wooden architecture is the "House of Europe" with snow - white platbands and shutters. The place of attraction for tourists has become "Kvartal 130" with resorted historical buildings and numerous restaurants. Pompous merchant estates and administrative buildings of the late 19th-early 20th centuries are concentrated on Karl Marx Street, and the quiet center (and cute shops) can be enjoyed on the pedestrian Uritskogo Street.

City churches are also noteworthy. First of all, it is the oldest church of the Savior in the city with unique outdoor paintings (the only ones in Siberia!) and a museum of bells. Also impressive are the contrasting red and white cathedral of the Epiphany and the Znamensky Monastery, richly decorated with white - stone lace, where many famous personalities of the city found their last refuge. First of all, these are the Decembrists, to whom the Irkutsk Museum of the Decembrists, arranged in several of their estates, is dedicated. The rich exposition of the museum tells about the dramatic fate and daily life of the exiled rebels and their families.

Small Irkutsk is full of hidden diamonds. You can delve into the history of the city in the Irkutsk Regional museum of Local Lore. Admire Russian, European and Chinese art - in the Irkutsk Regional Art Museum. Learn more about the wealth of Russian mineral resources - in the colorful University Mineralogical Museum of ISTU. And to relax and laugh - in Nerpinaria, where unique freshwater seals of Lake Baikal perform tricks, sing and even paint. All About Moscow City Russia

Schedule and Tickets

All churches and temples: 08:00-20:00 (Monday - Saturday); 09:00-20:00 (Sunday). Free admission. Donations are welcome.

Irkutsk Museum of the Decembrists, 2 Branches

House - Museum of the Volkonskys: 10:00-18:00. The day off is Monday. House - Museum of the Trubetskoys: 10:00-18:00. Closed on Tuesday. Ticket 200 rubles (to both branches).

Irkutsk Regional Museum of Local Lore: 10:00-18:00. Monday is a day off. Ticket 200 rubles. Find Your Exact Age

Irkutsk Regional Art Museum: 10:00-18:00. Thursdays until 20:00. Monday is a day off. 

Mineralogical Museum of ISTU: 09:00-17:00 (Monday - Friday), 09:00-14:00 (Saturday). Sunday is a day off. The ticket is 150 rubles..

Nerpinary: Performances at 11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 13:15, 14:00, 14:45, 15:30, 16:15, 17:00, 17:45, 18:30 (Thursday - Sunday). From June to August, open on Wednesdays. Ticket 300 rubles (on weekends - 350).

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