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Irkutsk

4.5
Monuments · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites

Popular things to do in Irkutsk

Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk ©
Monument
Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
130 Kvartal ©
Landmark
130 Kvartal
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Sculpture Babr
Monument
Sculpture Babr
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles. In the early 1800s, Russian artists, officers, and nobles who participated in the Decembrist revolt against Tsar Nicholas I were exiled to Siberia. This de facto community found intellectual refuge in the social life they built here. Today the city of over 500,000 people remains spirited with an active university population, crowded cafes, revival churches, and several museums. Enjoy the city's proximity to many beloved natural sites, including Lake Baikal. Tour this alluring destination and take in views of its ornate architecture, wooden houses, and wide streets, which earned it the nickname of the "Paris of Siberia." Plan your tour of Irkutsk and Russia travel itinerary using our Russia holiday planning site.

Side trips from Irkutsk

Lake Baikal ©
World heritage site
Lake Baikal Siberian District
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Taltsy Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Taltsy Museum Taltsy
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Baikal Museum ©
Park
Baikal Museum Listvyanka
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Nerpinary ©
Aquarium
Nerpinary Listvyanka
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Irkutsk

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Cathedral of The Epiphany
Religious Site
Cathedral of The Epiphany
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God
Church
Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Znamensky Monastery
Religious Site
Znamensky Monastery
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Holy Cross Cathedral ©
Religious Site
Holy Cross Cathedral
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Irkutsk

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Gallery of V. Bronshteyn
Art Gallery
Gallery of V. Bronshteyn
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Church of the Savior of the Holy Face
Specialty Museum
Church of the Savior of the Holy Face
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Museum-Icebreaker Angara ©
Specialty Museum
Museum-Icebreaker Angara
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Sidorov State Mineralogical Museum
Specialty Museum
Sidorov State Mineralogical Museum
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Irkutsk

House-Museum of Trubetskoy Decembrist ©
History Museum
House-Museum of Trubetskoy Decembrist
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Vladimir Sukachyov's Estate Museum
Specialty Museum
Vladimir Sukachyov's Estate Museum
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Church of the Sign
Church
Church of the Sign
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Memorial Eternal Flame ©
Landmark
Memorial Eternal Flame
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Irkutsk

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Tsentralnyy Rynok ©
Shopping Mall
Tsentralnyy Rynok
3.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Mall Versal ©
Shopping Mall
Mall Versal
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Shopping Mall Modny Kvartal
Shopping Mall
Shopping Mall Modny Kvartal
3.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Komsomoll ©
Shopping Mall
Komsomoll
3.2
Duration: 4 hours

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