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City tour of Irkutsk

Irkutsk is included inthe list of historical cities preserving their old planning and buildings. There are about 685 historical and cultural monuments in Irkutsk, 108 of them are monuments of national importance. 

43During the city tour you'll see and learn about Irkutsk historical and architectural monuments, visit the main streets and squares of the city. 

Our city tour of Irkutsk will start at Kirov square – the largest and the oldest square of the city. This place is considered the place from where Irkutsk started. First wooden buildings were built here. The square was renamed more than once, at different times it was called Kremlyovskaya, Spasskaya, Bogorodskaya, Tikhvinskaya, Gostinodvorskaya. At present the square has the name of S.M. Kirov, a famous statesmanof XXth cent. This is a favorite place of Irkutsk citizens, the biggest New Year tree is established here with ice sculptures and slides. Kirov square is one of main Irkutsk sights.

On the sides of the square there are buildings of the Central Bank of Russia, Irkutsk city hall, Irkutsk Region Administration, Irkutsk State Linguistic University, Angara hotel. The historic center of Irkutsk is situated not far from the square: Church of the Savior, Eternal Flame Memorial, Roman Catholic Cathedral, Epiphany Cathedral. 

After touring round Kirov Square and nearby monuments you will go to the Monastery of Holy Sign founded in 1689. At present it is the residence of Irkutsk Archbishop. G.I. Shelikhov, one of the first explorers of Kuril Islands and Alaska, E.I. Trubetskaya and her three children were buried there. Near the monastery there is a monument of polar explorer and naval commander of genius Alexander Kolchak, who became “Russia’s Supreme Governor” after the revolution of 1917 and was shot by the Bolsheviks not far from this place.

Then you will go along old main street of the city – Karl Marx Street (earlier called Bolshaya). The length of the street is 2 km. There are many shops, restaurants, cafes, bars here. Most buildings were constructed in late 19th or early 20th century. Going along Karl Marx Street to the River Angara you will get to Yuri Gagarin boulevard. There is monument to Alexander III in the center of it. It is one of yj oldest Irkutsk sights.  It was Alexander III who ordered to start the construction of Trans-Siberian Railway. On the River Angara quay near Alexander III Monument there is Yuri Gagarin Monument, Local Studies Museum, Irkutsk State University Library, Hotel Irkutsk, and a monument to policemen of the city killed while on duty in the form of arch chapel. 

Our city tour of Irkutsk will finish by observing the monuments situated in Lenin Street. There you will see the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross famous for its collection of icons, Musical Comedy Theatre, Philharmonic Society, Truda Square, Trud Stadium, Young Spectator Theatre, V.I. Lenin Monument, Baikal Economy and Law University, Art Museum. 

44You will have a possibility to see monuments of 130 quarter, created for the celebration of Irkutsk 350 anniversary. You`ll see at this quarter ancient wooden buildings which are successfully entering in a modern city architecture, and also you will be able to visit one of restaurants or cafés of quarter to drink a cup of coffee, taste dishes of Siberian cuisine and have a rest after city tour of Irkutsk (supplement payment).

 

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