Duration – 2 – 2.5 hours
Time – any day, all year round
The number of people in the group is from 1 st
During the tour you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the historical and architectural monuments of Irkutsk, visit the main streets and squares of the city.
We recommend that you combine a sightseeing tour with a visit to one of the museums of the city of Irkutsk: the museum of local lore, the houses of the museums of the Decembrists of Volkonsk and Trubetskoy.
Description of the sightseeing tour:
Our tour starts in the historical heart of the city. This place is considered the place of origin of Irkutsk. It was in this place that the first wooden buildings appeared. This is the favorite place of the Irkutsk people, in the New Year they set up the largest city tree here, erect ice sculptures and slides.
Along the perimeter of the square are the buildings of the Central Bank of Russia, the city administration of Irkutsk, the administration of the Irkutsk region, the Irkutsk State Linguistic University, the Angara hotel. Not far from the square are the Spasskaya church, the eternal flame memorial, the Roman Catholic church, the Epiphany church.
Then you will go to the Znamensky Monastery, which was founded in 1689. Nowadays the residence of the Archbishop of Irkutsk is located in the monastery. Here buried G.I. Shelikhov – one of the first researchers of the Kuril Islands and Alaska, E.I. Trubetskaya is the wife of the Decembrist Sergei Trubetskoi, who followed her husband to Siberia, their three children, and also the native of the Siberian land, writer Valentin Rasputin. Near the territory of the monastery is a monument to the polar explorer and brilliant naval commander Alexander Kolchak, who became the “Supreme Ruler of Russia” after the 1917 revolution and was shot by the Bolsheviks in the immediate vicinity of this place.
Then we will go along one of the old and main streets of the city – Karl Marx street (formerly called Bolshaya). The length of the street is 2 km. A lot of shops, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, and museums are concentrated on Karl Marx street. Most of the buildings were built in the late XIX – early XX centuries. Moving along the Karl Marx street towards the Angara River, you will find yourself on the boulevard of Yuri Gagarin, in the center of which there is a monument to Alexander III. It was on the orders of Alexander III that the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway began. On the waterfront of Angara near the monument to Alexander III is the bust of Yuri Gagarin, the Museum of Local Lore, the building of the library of the Irkutsk State University, the Irkutsk hotel, as well as a monument in the form of an arch-chapel erected in honor of the dead policemen of the city.
Our tour will be finished by visiting the monuments located on Lenin Street. Here you will see the Cross Exaltation Church, famous for its icon collection, the theater of musical comedy, the Philharmonic, the Labor Square, the Trud Sports Complex, the Young Spectator Theater, the monument to Vladimir Lenin.
Completion of the excursion in the historic 130th quarter. At the entrance to the quarter a monument to the symbol of Irkutsk and the Irkutsk region – Babru. Recently, the quarter has become another attraction of the city. Here there are not only shops, hotels and cafes, but also the Noosphere Planetarium, an experiment, a branch of the local lore museum, art galleries. Several sculptures have been installed in the quarter.