Why to visit Irkutsk?
Because of the close borders with its neighbors Mongolia and China, Irkutsk is a hub of cultural exchange. It’s also considered as the geographical heart of Russia! And it’s amazing!
1. Nizhnaya Nabereshnaya (Lower River Embankment)
A walk along the lower river embankment will bring you from interesting monuments to beautiful churches. Here you will find Moscow’s Gates and memorial for the Second World War as well!
2. Kazanskaya Church
An Ortodox church in Siberian Baroque style. It stands out with its brilliant red exterior capped with blue domes. The Irkutsk’s largest church bell can be found here!
3. Main street, pedestrian street and Central Market
These streets are the best for enjoying the architecture and shopping. In Central Market you will feel the local breath. Uritsogo pedestrian street – one of the oldest streets in Irkutsk – will bring you to shops and restaurants. And on Karla Marxa street, which is the main street in Irkutsk, you will find 19th century buildings, several museums and monuments!
4. Verkhnaya Nabereshnaya (Upper River Embankment)
White House, Ethnographical Museum and beautiful river side. Fountains and amusement park on the Yunosti island!
5. 130 Kvartal with wooden houses
This kvartal or quarter was built in honour of 350th anniversary of Irkutsk in 2011. Here you can enjoy typical decorative carvings on the walls and window frames, which were lost in many other cities due to the industralization.
Wooden houses, picturesque river banks, and always alive shopping streets – this is Irkutsk! A city just a step away from the Baikal, don’t skip it!