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Irkutsk is a city and the administrative center of Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, and one of the largest cities in Siberia.
Irkutsk was founded in 1661 as a settlement for trading gold and furs. It was connected to Europe via a road constructed in 1760.
After the Decemberist Revolt of 1825, many Russian artists, officers, and nobles were sent into exile to Siberia for their part in the revolt against Tsar Nicholas I and in the late 1800s, 30% of the population of the city were exiles. Irkutsk became the major centre of intellectual and social life for these exiles, and much of the city's cultural heritage is a result of these exiles. Many of their wooden houses, adorned with ornate, hand-carved decorations, survive today in stark contrast with the surrounding Soviet apartment blocks. Around 1900, the city was nicknamed the "Paris of Siberia" due to its wide streets and ornate, continental architecture but travellers today will find little resemblance with Paris.
During the civil war that broke out after the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917-1922, Irkutsk became the site of many furious, bloody clashes between the "Whites" and the "Reds" (aka Bolsheviks). A number of city landmarks remain from that era. In 1920, Kolchak, the once-feared commander of the largest contingent of anti-Bolshevik forces, was executed in Irkutsk, effectively destroying the anti-Bolshevik resistance.
Today, Irkutsk is the 6th largest city in Siberia, with a growing population of more than 590,000 people. It's home to several universities and a major branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, due to its proximity to Lake Baikal.
|TIME ZONE :||IRKT (UTC+08:00)|
|AREA :||277 km2 (107 sq mi)|
|COORDINATES :||52°17′N 104°17′E|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 46,2%|
• Female: 53,8%
|AREA CODE :||3952|
|POSTAL CODE :||664xxx|
|DIALING CODE :||+7 3952|
Tourist Information Office, in the Europe House, 21 F. Engels St. (very friendly and useful)
In 1652, Ivan Pokhabov built azimovyo (winter quarters) near the site of Irkutsk for gold trading and for the collection of fur taxes from the Buryats. In 1661, Yakov Pokhabov built an ostrog nearby. The ostrog gained official town rights from the government in 1686. The first road connection between Moscowand Irkutsk, the Siberian Road, was built in 1760, and benefited the town economy. Many new products, often imported from China via Kyakhta, became widely available in Irkutsk for the first time, including gold, diamonds, fur, wood, silk, and tea. In 1821, as part of the Speransky reforms, Siberia was administratively divided at the Yenisei River and Irkutsk became the seat of the Governor-General of East Siberia.
In the early 19th century, many Russian artists, officers, and nobles were sent into exile in Siberia for their part in the Decembrist revolt against Tsar Nicholas I. Irkutsk became the major center of intellectual and social life for these exiles, and much of the city's cultural heritage comes from them; many of their wooden houses, adorned with ornate, hand-carved decorations, survive today, in stark contrast with the standard Soviet apartment blocks that surround them.
By the end of the 19th century, there was one exiled man for every two locals. People of varying backgrounds, from members of the Decembrist uprising to Bolsheviks, have been in Irkutsk for many years and have greatly influenced the culture and development of the city. As a result, Irkutsk eventually became a prosperous cultural and educational center in Eastern Siberia.
In 1879, on July 4 and 6, the palace of the (then) Governor General, the principal administrative and municipal offices and many of the other public buildings were destroyed by fire, and the government archives, the library and the museum of the Siberian section of the Russian Geographical Society were completely ruined. Three-quarters of the city was destroyed, including approximately 4,000 houses. However, the city quickly rebounded, with electricity arriving in 1896, the first theater being built in 1897 and a major train station opened in 1898. The first train arrived in Irkutsk on August 16 of that year. By 1900, the city had earned the nickname of "The Paris of Siberia."
During the Russian Civil War, which broke out after the October Revolution, Irkutsk became the site of many furious, bloody clashes between the "Whites" and the "Reds". In 1920, Aleksandr Kolchak, the once-feared commander of the largest contingent of anti-Bolshevik forces, was executed in Irkutsk, which effectively destroyed the anti-Bolshevik resistance.
Irkutsk was the administrative center of the short-lived East Siberian Oblast, which existed from 1936 to 1937. The city subsequently became the administrative center of Irkutsk Oblast after East Siberian Oblast was divided into Chita Oblast and Irkutsk Oblast.
During the Communist years, the industrialization of Irkutsk and Siberia in general was heavily encouraged. The large Irkutsk Reservoir was built on the Angara River between 1950 and 1959 in order to facilitate industrial development.
The Epiphany Cathedral (left), the governor's palace, a school of medicine, a museum, a military hospital and the crown factories are among the public institutions and buildings. The Aleksandr Kolchak monument, designed by Vyacheslav Klykov, was unveiled in 2004. On July 27, 2004, the Irkutsk Synagogue (1881) was gutted by a conflagration.
Irkutsk originally had a borderline subarctic climate (Köppen climate classificationDwc). Since 2000, the temperatures have resembled a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dwb). Snow cover disappeared earlier, from late April in the 1930s to late March in the 1980s. Discontinuous permafrost depth had decreased from 200 m to 100 m during the same period.
Irkutsk is characterized by an extreme variation of temperatures between seasons. It can be very warm in the summer, and very cold in the winter. However, Lake Baikal has its effect, such that temperatures in Irkutsk are not as extreme as elsewhere in Siberia. The warmest month of the year in Irkutsk is July, when the average temperature is +18 °C (64 °F), the highest temperature recorded being +37.2 °C (99.0 °F).
The coldest month of the year is January, when the average temperature is −18 °C (0 °F), and record low of −49.7 °C (−57.5 °F). Precipitation also varies widely throughout the year, with July also being the wettest month, when precipitation averages 113 millimeters (4.4 in). The driest month is February, when precipitation averages only 7.6 millimeters (0.30 in). Almost all precipitation during the Siberian winter falls as flurry, low moisture content snow.
Climate data for Irkutsk
|Record high °C (°F)||2.3|
|Average high °C (°F)||−12.8|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−17.8|
|Average low °C (°F)||−21.8|
|Record low °C (°F)||−49.7|
|Source #1: Pogoda.ru.net|
The city proper lies on the Angara River, a tributary of the Yenisei, 72 kilometers (45 mi) below its outflow from Lake Baikal and on the bank opposite the suburb of Glaskovsk. The river, 580-meter (1,900 ft) wide, is crossed by the Irkutsk Hydroelectric Dam and three other bridges downstream.
The Irkut River, from which the town takes its name, is a smaller river that joins the Angara directly opposite the city. The main portion of the city is separated from several landmarks—the monastery, the fort and the port, as well as its suburbs—by another tributary, the Ida (or Ushakovka) River. The two main parts of Irkutsk are customarily referred to as the "left bank" and the "right bank", with respect to the flow of the Angara River.
Irkutsk is situated in a landscape of rolling hills within the thick taiga that is typical in Eastern Siberia.
According to the regional plan, Irkutsk city will be combined with its neighboring industrial towns of Shelekhov and Angarsk to form a metropolitan area with a total population of over a million.
The 662.4 MW Irkutsk Hydroelectric Power Station was the first cascade hydroelectric power station in the Irkutsk region. The construction of the dam started in 1950 and finished in 1958.
The largest industry in Irkutsk is Irkut, the Irkutsk Aviation Industrial Association, which was set up in 1932 in the Transbaykal region of the Soviet Union. It is best known as being the manufacturer of the Su-30 family of interceptor/ground-attack aircraft. The Russian government is planning to merge Irkut with Ilyushin, Mikoyan, Sukhoi, Tupolev, and Yakovlev as a new company named United Aircraft Building Corporation.
There is the Irkutsk Aluminium Smelter which belongs to the Rusal Company.
- China (General Consulate), Karla Marksa street, 40, , , , fax: .
- Lithuania (Honourary Consulate), 259B Baikalskaya St, , , , fax: , , , e-mail: [email protected]. 8:00—19:00 Mon-Fri.
- Mongolia (General Consulate), 11 Lapina St (Near Khudozhestvenny cinema), , fax: . 9.30-12.00, 14.30-17.00 Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri.
- Poland (General Consulate), 18 Sukhe Batora St, , fax: , e-mail: [email protected]. Visas 10:00-14:00, otherwise 9:00-17:00 Mon-Fri.
- South Korea (General Consulate), Boulevard Gagarina, 44, Hotel Irkutsk (former Intourist), . Mon-Fri 9AM - 5PM.
Prices in Irkutsk
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|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||€0.88|
|Bottle of Wine||1 bottle||€4.00|
|Dinner (Low-range)||for 2||€15.00|
|Dinner (Mid-range)||for 2||€26.00|
|Dinner (High-range)||for 2||€|
|Mac Meal or similar||1 meal||€3.80|
|Beer (Imported)||0.33 l||€3.50|
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||€2.35|
|Coctail drink||1 drink||€4.30|
|Men’s Haircut||1 haircut||€4.70|
|Mobile (prepaid)||1 min.||€0.02|
|Pack of Marlboro||1 pack||€1.80|
|Toilet paper||4 rolls||€1.05|
CLOTHES / SHOES
|Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)||1||€92.00|
|Dress summer (Zara, H&M)||1||€36.00|
|Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)||1||€91.00|
|Local Transport||1 ticket||€0.25|
54 € per day
Estimated cost per 1 day including:
- meals in cheap restaurant
- public transport
- cheap hotel
112 € per day
Estimated cost per 1 day including:
- mid-range meals and drinks
Transportation - Get In
International Airport Irkutsk (IATA: IKT) is 5km east of the city center.
Direct flights operate to/from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Ulan Ude, Novosibirsk,Vladivostok, Yakutsk, and several other Russian cities. International flights operate to from Ulaanbaatar, Osh, Seoul, Bangkok, Beijing, and Tashkent.
Buses, trams, and minibuses run frequently between the airport and Kirov Square (near the Angara Hotel) and other points in the historical center. A trip via public transport costs approximately RUB20.
- Irkutsk-Passenger Railway Station (Иркутск-Пассажирский), Ul. Chelnokova, Tereshkovoi (Улицам Челнокова, Терешковой)(Minibuses: № 6, 16, 20, 72, 77, 80, 80к 116; Тram 1, 2, 4а;).Suburban lines to Bajkalsk, Bolshoy Lug, Voennyi Gorodok, Malta, Polovyna, Usolie Siberskoye, Cheremkhovo, Vydrino, Glubokaya, Zyma, Half, Kaya, Podkamennaya, Sludyanka.
Most travellers arrive in Irkutsk via the Trans-Siberian Railway. Irkutsk is about halfway between Moscow and the two eastern terminus cities, Vladivostok and Beijing, making it a good place to break the trip, if only to stretch your legs and buy provisions. The Baikal-Amur Mainline, connecting with more northerly cities, also runs nearby.
Apart from Moscow there are also direct carriages from most cities in Russia such as Saint Petersburg (86 hours), as well as from Minsk (94 hours) and Warsaw (113 hours).
Other popular destinations include Vladivostok, Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Novosibirsk,Chelyabinsk, Chita, Khabarovsk, Severobaykalsk, Ulan-Ude, Novosibirsk,Neryungri, Blagoveshchensk, Ust-Ilimsk, Novokuznetsk, Penza, Kislovodsk and Abakan.
Be wary of the taxi-drivers at the station if arriving on a late-night train. A taxi ride to the centre of town should only cost RUB200-300. Unlicensed taxis will overcharge you. If there is a disagreement, ask your hostel/hotel owner to come to the taxi and arrange the correct fare.
Transportation - Get Around
By Public Transport
For those who want to save time or travel between one side of the river and the other, the public transit system is a good option. Knowing at least how to read the signs on the buses and bus stops is helpful, and on the minibuses, one must call out to the driver to request a stop. Oddly enough, the names of major bus stops are posted on kiosk roofs parallel to the road so that the names are not often visible from inside the bus. Bus and minibus ("marshrutka") fare is usually RUB15. Local etiquette is to pay the driver when exiting the bus and trolley (therefore you can exit it only through the front door). In trams tickets should be purchased from driver, then stamped in the machine on board.
The historical center of Irkutsk is relatively compact and walkable. Traffic congestion is not bad for a city of nearly 600,000 people.
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Wood carvings, birchwood boxes, and lacquer boxes are typical souvenirs of Siberia. A few hotels have souvenir stalls in the lobby, and the Regional Museum at Ul. Karla Marksa 2 has a decent selection in their gift shop as well.
Kamusi are winter boots used by native Siberians made out of deer, elk, or other fur. One place to buy is at a small shop across from the bus station at Ul. Oktyabrskoi Revolyutsii 20B called "Aikhal". It is in a courtyard behind some kiosks, so it takes some searching. They have kamusi for men, women, and children, with prices starting at about 3000 Rubles.
For a local speciality, Omyl, Sig and Kharius are local fishes found in the lake Baikal (available in many restaurants). Cold smoked kharius is good with beer. Hot smoked kharius you can find in Listvyanka or Kultuk villages near Baikal lake. Price depends on fish size and is usually about RUB150-25 for one. In the Central or New market (Noviy Rinok) you can buy kharius and sig caviar - tasty.
National Buryat big dumplings (boozy, pozy) can be found in Amrita cafés. It's a special Buryat fast food chain with some cafés in the middle of town. Cheap, tasty. Pozy is a steamed meat (beef with pork) big dumplings that must be eaten using only hands.
- Cafe Shokolad at Ul. Dekyabrskikh Sobytii 102 behind the wedding palace, is a clean, modern cafe with good salads, reasonably-priced main courses, and, as their name suggests, sumptuous desserts. A bit outside the historical center (near the TANK bus stop), it is a good place to relax after an excursion to the Sukachev Estate down the street.
- Pizza Domino with no relation to the US chain, is at Lenina 13A across from the Lenin Statue. They do pizzas, soups, and other quick meals. Very cheap, and open 24 hours.
- Pizza Pinocchio near the Angara Hotel on Kirov Square and other locations; quick and inexpensive pizzas that are sometimes reheated in a microwave.
- Kochevnik, Gorkogo St., 19, , e-mail:[email protected]. Nice Mongolian restaurant with a relaxing atmosphere.
- Seul, Dekabrskikh Sobytiy, 57, , e-mail:[email protected]. Korean and Chinese food
Sights & Landmarks
Among the Soviet concrete monstrosities, Irkutsk features many of atmospheric, decaying wooden buildings. Most of these are either abandoned or still used as private residences and add to the atmosphere of the city.
- Irkutsk Museum of Decembrists (House-Museum Volkonskiis)(Иркутский областной историко-мемориальный музей декабристов), Per. Volonskoho, (пер. Волконского,) 10 (Historical center), , e-mail: , [email protected]. 10AM-6PM, Closed: Monday. The museum consists of the S.P.Trubetskogo and the S.G.Volkonskogo memorial estates. RUB200.
- Trubetsky House-Museum (Дом-музей Трубецких), Ul. Dzherzhinskogo (ул. Дзержинского,) 64, e-mail: [email protected]. 10AM-6PM, Closed: Tuesday & Wednesday.
- Antipina Estate (Усадьба Антипина), Ul. Baykalskaya, 68.
- Atafonova Estate (Усадьба Атафонова), Ul. Sophi Perovskoi,15.
- Basnina Estate (Усадьба Баснина), Ul. Sverdlova, 33-35. Architect: Losev.A.I., 1850's.
- Belyaeva Estate (Усадьба Беляева), Ul. Kozhova, 40.
- Sukachev Estate (Усадьба Сукачёва), Ul. Dekabristov Sobytii, 112(Near the TANK bus stop). The estate of a 19th-century mayor of Irkutsk showing life of the upper classes at the time, in a series of log houses that he lived in.
- Volkonskiy House (Усадьба Волконского), off Ul. Timuryazeva (behind the Transfiguration Church near the bus station). One of houses of Decembrist exiles was one of the focal points of the Decembrists' social life in the mid-19th Century.
- House of the Military governors (Белый Дом в Иркутске, Oсобняк Михаила Васильевича Сибирякова, Дом военных генерал-губернаторов), Bul. Haharina (бульвар Гагарина,) 24. Architect: Dzh.Kvarengi (?). Founder: Sibiryakov M.V. Founded: 1804. Constructed: 1800-04.
- Epiphany Cathedral (Собор Богоявления), ulitsa Nizhnyaya Naberezhnaya, 2. Siberian baroque architecture; built between 1718 and 1746.
- Our Lady of Kazan Church(Казанская церковь(Богородице-Иркутская церковь во имя Казанской иконы Божией Матери)), Ul. Barricad (улица Баррикад). Neobyzantian architecture; built between 1885 and 1892.
- Znamensky Monastery(Знаменский монастырь), Ul. Angarskaya, 14 (In the Right Bank district of the city of Irkutsk at the confluence of the Angara and Ushakovkal; near a monument to Alexander Kolchak, White General.).Built in 1689, this is an old monastery where Alaska explorer Grigory Shelekhov is buried. Also in the name of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Sign. - Orthodox women's monastery. One of the oldest monasteries in Siberia.
- Knyaze-Vladimirsky Monastery(Князе-Владимирский монастырь), Ul. Kashtanovskaya, 52(Tram 4 to 'Детская улица'). Built in 1888 in honour of Prince Vladimir.
- Prince Vladimir's Church (Church Litvintsevskaya)(Князе-Владимирская церковь (Церковь святого равноапостольного князя Владимира)), Ul. Kashtakovskaya, (ул. Каштаковская,) 52 (Tram 4 to 'Детская улица'). Part of the Knyaze-Vladimirsky Monastery; also built in 1888.
- Neokesariyskovo Gregory Church (Церковь Григория Неокесарийского (Церковь Святого Григория, епископа Неокесарийского)), Pereulok Krasnoflotskiye, 5? (пер. Краснофлотский,) (in the historic city center, on a side street in the yard Krasnoflotskoye Trinity Church. - Tram 1 or 2 to 'Улица Чкалова').Classical architecture; built between 1802 and 1805.
- Vladimyr Church(Владимирская церковь (Церковь Владимирской иконы Божией Матери)), Ul. Dekabrsky Sobitii, 3 (ул. Декабрьских Событий,).Siberian baroque architecture; built between 1775 and 1790.
- Jerusalem church (also Church of the Entry into Jerusalem)(Входо-Иерусалимская церковь (Церковь Входа Господня в Иерусалим)), Ul. Vortsov Revolutsii, ( ул. Борцов Революции) 15? (In the historic center. - Tram 1 or 2 to 'Киевская улица'). Classical architecture; built between 1820 and 1835
- Znamenskaya church (Знаменская церковь (Церковь Знамения Пресвятой Богородицы)), Ul. Angara, (ул. Ангарская,) 14 (Buses 1, 8, 13, 15, 31, 32, 67 or Trolley 3 or Minibuses 1, 15, 27, 50, 84, 85, 87, 91, 92, 95 to 'Ремесленное училище'). Siberian baroque architecture; built between 1757 and 1762.
- Synagogue (Иркутская синагога), Ul. Karl Liebknechta, (ул. Карла Либкнехта,) 23 (Tram 2, 3, 4 to 'Музей Декабристов'), . Built between 1878 and 1882.
- Irkutsk mosque (Иркутская Соборная мечеть (İrkutsk şəhəre camiğ məçete, Иркутск шәһәре җамигъ мәчете)), Ul. Karl Liebknechta, (ул. К.Либкнехта,) 86.. Built in 1901.
- Holy Cross Church Krestovozdvyzhenskaya tserkov(Крестовоздвиженская церковь (Церковь Воздвижения Честного и Животворящего Креста Господня)), Ul. Sedova, (улица Седова,) 1.(Tram 1 or 2 to 'Филармония'). Siberian baroque architecture; built between 1747 and 1760.
- Michael the Archangel Church (Михаило-Архангельская церковь, Церковь Михаила Архангела, Cкитская церковь), Ul. Obraztsova, (улице Образцова), 1 (Bus 10 to 'Железнодорожный вокзал «Иркутск-Сортировочный»' 100m). Built in 1876.
- St. Nicholas Church (Николо-Иннокентьевская церковь (Церковь Святителя Николая Чудотворца и Святителя Иннокентия)), Ul. Profsoyuznaya (ул. Профсоюзная,) 45А (Tram 1 to 'Железнодорожный вокзал'), . Classical architecture; built in 1858.
- Church of the Intercession (Покровская церковь, Церковь Покрова Пресвятой Богородицы и Сретения Господня), Ul. Rabochevo staba, (ул. Рабочего штаба,) 29 (Bus 1, 8, 13, 15, 31, 32 or Trolley 3, or Shared taxi 1, 15, 84, 91, 92, 95 to 'ОАО «Кедр»'). Built between 1824 and 1828.
- Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Церковь Успения Девы Марии Римско-католический костёл, польск. Kościół Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Maryi Panny w Irkucku), /Ul. Sukh-Batora, (ул. Сухэ-Батора,) 1 (Bus 6, 8, 11, 14, 25, 28, 28р, 39, 40, 42, 43, 62, 67 to 'Гостиница «Ангара»'). Neo-Gothic architecture; built between 1881 and 1884.
- Church of the Assumption (Успенская церковь, Церковь Успения Богородицы), Ul. Polyarnaya, (ул. Полярная,) 76 (Bus 6, 26 to 'Мелькомбинат', 100m North of Innokent'yevskiy bridge, 'Иннокентьевский мост'). Built between 1780 and 1783.
- Harlampievskaya Church (Church of Archangel Michael)(Харлампиевская церковь, Михайло-Архангельская Харлампиевская церковь), Ul. Pyatii Armiii (Улица 5-й Армии), 59 (Tram 1, 2 to 'Улица Горького'), . Built in 1777.
- Transfiguration Church (Спасо-Преображенская церковь, Церковь Преображения Господня), Pereulok Volkonskogo, (пер. Волконского) 1 (Tram 4 to 'Музей Декабристов'), .Baroque provincial architecture; built between 1795 and 1811.
- Trinity Church (Holy Trinity Church) (Троицкая церковь, Церковь Святой Троицы), Ul. Pyatoi Armii, (ул. Пятой Армии,) 8 (Tram 1, 2 to 'Улица Чкалова'). Siberian baroque architecture; built between 1750 and 1778.
- Church of the Saviour (Храм Христа Спасителя, Спасская церковь), Ul. Sukhe Batora (ул. Сухэ Батора,) 2 (Public Garden (Публичный сад)), . Russian architecture; built between 1706 and 1710.
- Ice-breaker "Angara (Музей Ледокол «Ангара») (Trolley or bus to Mikrorayon Solnechny). Weekdays: 10:00AM-5:00PM. the oldest among steam ice-breakers in the world, built in 1900 in Newcastle, now a museum docked at the city's port. Technical data of ship: length - 60 m, width - 10.5 m, height from keel to deck in the center - 7.5 m, displacement - 1400 tons.
- Dam and hydroelectricity plant (Ирку́тская гидроэлектроста́нция) (Take trolley bus number 8, which will drive across the dam. Afterwards, you can walk to a fuel station, where you can see the power plant very well. Afterwards, you can walk across the dam. Beside the plant, it's also possible to go up and down the dam itself.). You can Not many people seem to consider the dam and hydroelectric plant as an interesting sight, so you'll be more or less alone there
- Irkutsk-City business-center (Деловой район «Иркутск-Сити»), Ul. Octyabrskoi Revolyutsy, (ул. Октябрьской Революции,) 1.(Not far away from the historic center). A couple of high-tech buildings are there, but more is left to be built. A business district in the Right Bank district of Irkutsk. Located in the eastern part of the historic city center in close proximity to the main streets: Karla Marksa, Dzerzhinsky, Dekabrsky Sobytii. Planned deadline of all objects - 2016, the total built-up area - 300 hectares. This 34 buildings, 15 of which - business centers. Developer of the project - "Active" .
- Nerpinary, 2 Zheleznodorozhnaya st., 66, , e-mail:[email protected]. Home to 2 Baikal seals. You can see the seals perform and even paint!
- Kirov Square (Площадь имени Кирова) (In the historic downtown.Between Leninsky and Sukh-Baatar streets.). Old names: Between 1669-1790's - The Kremlin, since the beginning of XIX to 1935 - Tikhvin Gostinodvorskaya, Earl Speranskii and others. It is the main square of Right Bank district, of Irkutsk.
- Babr Sculpture. The coat of arms of Irkutsk
- Irkutsk Philarmony. Classic, jazz, folk music performance. on 2, Dzerzhinskogo st.
Museums & Galleries
- City History Museum (Музей истории города Иркутска), ul Frank-Kamenetskogo 16А. Closed Wednesdays and holidays. Has an interesting and thorough display of Irkutsk from its inception to the present day.
- Irkutsk Regional Museum(Иркутский областной краеведческий музей), Ul. Karla Marksa, 2 (across from the Alexander III memorial on the Angara embankment). Closed Mondays. Has an interesting ethnographic exhibit on indigeous peoples including Even and Buryats, and a display on Irkutsk in the 20th Century.
- Sidorov State Mineralogical Museum, Lermontov, 83, IRNITU, Building E. Over 35,000 items on display.
- Sukachev Art Museum(Иркутский областной художественный музей им. В.П.Сукачева), Ul. Lenina, 5. Closed Tuesdays. Probably Siberia's best collection of fine art, including several early icons, Russian secular art of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, including a few works of Repin, a section of Mongolian and Chinese art, and a section of European art including a collection of lesser-known Dutch masters.
- Eksperimentary science museum (Музей занимательной науки Экспериментарий), Ul. Lermontova (ул. Лермонтова,) 277А. Branch of the museum is at ul. Sedov , 2. All his exhibits operate and can be used by visitors themselves.
- History Museum of JSC Irkutskenergo, Rabochaya Street, 22.
Things to do
- City drama theater (Иркутский городской театр народной драмы), Ul. Karla Marksa, (Карла Маркса,) 14. Built in 1898.
- Angara embankment, end of Ul. Karla Marksa. at the in the evening, the place for meeting of the youth.
- Statue of famous Russian writer A. Vampilov, Karl Marx St (Near Drama theatre). who was born near Irkutsk. Visiting for good luck and happiness in your life. It is a new and popular tradition in Irkutsk, started from Vampilov's anniversary.
- Central park in winter. there many ice sculptures as well as an ice castle that you can walk around in. There are ice slides in this park also. Most Russians stand up and slide on the soles of their shoes. The park is very lively at night with tourists, even though the temperatures drop well below -20 degrees C.
- Walk down Ul. Uritskovo, a pedestrian street with shops and cafes.
- Liverpool — Is a somewhat Beatles themed restaurant which also works as an superb nightclub with young beautiful Russian hipsters and 2 dancefloors. Not much on out of season. Said only 1 beer on which was of couse the most expensive!
- Broadway, 29, Sedova st, e-mail: [email protected]. 12:00-2:00 Tu-Th; 12:00-6:00 Fr-Sa; the bar works around clock. European and Russian cuisine, a dance floor at nights.
- Club Megapolis (Мегаполис), 4, Ulanbatorskaya st, . 22:00-7:00. A night club for 2000 persons admittance fee 50-200RUB depending on the weekday.
- Club Stratosfera (Стратосфера), 15 Karla Marksa st. Three bars (big, beer and disco), dancefloor, pizzeria, two 3D cinemas, bowling.
- Panorama (Панорама), 102 Dekabrskikh Sobytiy st, , e-mail: [email protected]. Cafes Shololade and Summer Terrace; show-club Panorama.
- Yefimich (Ефимыч), 3, Karla Marksa st, . A Bar-restaurant for 100 seats inside and 70 seats on the summer ground
Balsams Buryatia and Amrita are very nice Buryat alcoholic drinks (costs about 180 RUB each 0.75 l). Thay are also very helpful against cold. BalsamBuryatia was consecrated by Dalai-Lama XIV, as it says label on the bottle.