Irkutsk: sights of the city


It’s easy to find the Irkutsk region on the map. This is the largest subject of the Russian Federation, landlocked. What might be interested in this region of a tourist or local historian? What sights of the Irkutsk region should a traveler visit in the first place? This is exactly what our article will tell.

The main attractions of the Irkutsk region: photos, names and descriptions

The region is located in Eastern Siberia 5 thousand km from Moscow and 4 thousand km from Vladivostok. The region occupies a huge area on which all the states of the Balkan Peninsula could be located. The length of the region from north to south is almost one and a half thousand kilometers!

What sights is the Irkutsk region rich in first of all? And what interesting tourist can see here?

Cognitive, recreational, recreational, sports tourism is quite developed in the region. A number of resorts and health resorts operate in the areas of water and salt sources: Angara, Nukut Matsesta, Ust-Kut, Rodnik, Metallurg and others. Business tourism is also actively developing in the region, the core of which is the annual Baikal Economic Forum.

When compiling a list of the main attractions of the Irkutsk region, the photo of Lake Baikal, without a doubt, should be the first number in it. The deepest freshwater reservoir of the planet borders the region from the southeast side. The lake is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its shores within the region are under the jurisdiction of the Baikal National Park.

It is worth noting that the natural attractions of the Irkutsk region are not at all limited to Baikal alone. In its southern part in the mountainous regions of East Sayan and Khamar-Daban there are many objects that attract the attention of climbers, water and pedestrian tourists. Among them, one can not fail to mention the Baikal-Lensky Nature Reserve, Lake Heart, Sandy Bay, the mysterious Shaman Cape, as well as unique Warm Lakes on the border with Buryatia.

Below is a list of the ten most interesting sights of the Irkutsk region (some of which will be described below):

  1. Pribaikalsky National Park.
  2. Skansen "Taltsy".
  3. Circum-Baikal Railway.
  4. Bratsk hydroelectric station.
  5. Island Olkhon.
  6. Patom crater.
  7. Lake Heart.
  8. Clock Museum in Angarsk.
  9. Mineralogical Museum V.A. Zhigalova.
  10. Mount Ehe-Erdo.

Under this abbreviation lies a unique railway, which was laid along the shore of Lake Baikal. It was built for a total of fifteen years (from 1901 to 1915) with the participation of the best engineers from Russia, Austria and China. The so-called Krugobaikalka is 94 kilometers of road along rocky cliffs and tunnels, 173 architectural and 583 engineering monuments!

Heart Lake

Tourists who conquer the famous Chersky peak in the mountains of Khamar-Daban pass by another interesting natural monument. This is a tiny but incredibly picturesque Lake Heart. The name of the reservoir is by no means accidental. According to their outlines, the shores of the lake really resemble a heart in its classical representation.

Clock Museum

In Angarsk is one of the most interesting museums in the Irkutsk region. This is the oldest watch museum in Russia. It was founded back in 1968. The museum features about 500 exhibits - watches from various countries and historical eras. There is also a unique “space clock” - a gift from the outstanding Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Grechko. More than 10 thousand people visit the Clock Museum annually.

Mount Ehe-Erdo

In the valley of the Angi River, ten kilometers from the village of Elantsy, an unusual hill Ehe-Erdo rises. The uniqueness of this mountain lies in the fact that it has become a sacred object for representatives of the Buryat people. Here they hold their Erdynsky Games - an old national holiday. The culmination of this event is a grand round dance around the mountain.

Sights of Irkutsk: photos, names and descriptions of objects

And in Irkutsk itself there is something to see. It is no coincidence that in the city center, at the beginning of Litvinov Street, an original monument to a tourist was erected. Therefore, it will not be amiss to tell about the sights of Irkutsk. Photos, names and descriptions of the most interesting of them you will find in this section.

The administrative center of the region is extremely rich in architectural, historical and cultural monuments. In addition, it is here that most of the museums in this region are located. Here is a list of the ten most interesting sites in the city that are worth a visit:

  1. 130th quarter.
  2. Lower embankment.
  3. Znamensky monastery.
  4. Epiphany Cathedral.
  5. Triumphal Arch (Moscow Gate).
  6. Pedestrian bridge.
  7. House of the merchant Vtorov.
  8. Fainberg Manor.
  9. Museum-icebreaker "Angara".
  10. Museum of entertaining sciences "Experimentarium".

While in Irkutsk, it’s a sin not to walk along the 130th quarter, where authentic wooden buildings of the 18th century have been preserved, or along the lower embankment of the Angara, where a huge number of sculptural monuments are installed. One cannot fail to visit the ancient Znamensky Monastery and not pass through the arch of the magnificent Moscow Gate. If you came to Irkutsk with children, you should definitely go to the Experimentarium, after visiting which you can take a fresh look at science.

City `s history

The first mention of the Irkut River dates back to 1647, and its "discoverer" was made by Ivan Pokhabov - Yenisei Cossack and Siberian pioneer. One way or another, the history of the founding of the city remains insufficiently clear and open. Recently, more and more new irrefutable facts and testimonies have opened up that contradict the long-established knowledge about Irkutsk. So, for example, the situation is with the history of the foundation of the prison. For a long time there was an opinion that before its foundation a winter hut was built on Dyachy Ostrov (this building is of a defensive nature of the simplest type). However, according to new documents, the Irkutsk prison did not have a predecessor in the form of a winter hut. And such information inconsistencies appear more and more every time.

The concept of “prison” has several interpretations. The main one indicates the type of fortified structure. The administrative and economic buildings inside it did not have their own defensive system. This function was performed by the fence and towers.

Irkutsk prison was rebuilt many times. According to the notes of the Russian writer S. Maksimov, Irkutsk was previously one of the “favorite” Russian cities. This was evidenced by its favorable geographical location, which favored the development and growth of the settlement. At that time, it was the most important stronghold of the country, in connection with which the city was given increased attention compared to others that had appeared earlier in prison.
A landmark event in the history of Irkutsk was the foundation in 1672 of the Ascension Monastery on the left bank of the Angara. After that, the city gains the status of not only a secular center, but also a church.

Irkutsk Old photo

Until 1682, Irkutsk obeyed the orders of the Yenisei voivode, but soon it turned into the center of an independent county. After 8 years, the city received its own coat of arms and seal. Perestroika continued, and in 1897 Irkutsk became a fairly large (by old standards) settlement.

Ultimately, the Siberian city has become truly large (in terms of territory and population) and a developed center, which largely determined the directions for further development of Siberian lands, the paths of scientific, industrial and socio-economic development of the cities of this region.


If a tourist decides to visit Baikal, then the first thing he will certainly be in Irkutsk. A great option is to delay for a couple of days in the city, explore the surroundings, get acquainted with local attractions, visit cultural institutions.

Every year Irkutsk is gaining more and more popularity as a tourist city. Foreign guests often come here. It is noteworthy that some central streets are equipped with signs in English, Chinese and Japanese.

A very interesting find for tourists, invented by local residents is a green line drawn on the sidewalk and leading to all interesting places in the center of Irkutsk. Such a peculiar excursion route for a walking tour. This excursion "program" includes only 30 attractions, and the total length of the path is 5 km. Each of these places has an information plate. It is curious that the green line is laid in accordance with the rules of the road, in particular, “crosses” the road only in the right place for this — at a traffic light or zebra. The Internet has the opportunity to take a virtual walk along the green line.

The main city streets of the greatest cultural interest are Lenin and Marx.

For a long time, the symbol of Irkutsk is Babr. This word is the Turkic name for a jaguar, tiger or panther. The peoples of Yakutia are called the Babr of Amur tigers. For several centuries, the figure of the beast adorns the coat of arms of the city.

The bronze sculpture, personifying the symbol of Irkutsk in all its power and beauty, appeared in 2012 and was installed in the 130th quarter. The height of the sculpture is 3.5 meters, and the length is 4. It depicts a babr, raised on its hind legs and holding its prey in its teeth - a furry animal.

Count Speransky Square

This is the main square of Irkutsk. It was with her that the history of the city began several centuries ago. It was located behind the Irkutsk Kremlin (which is why it was called the Kremlin) and served as a place of trade and festive events. At the end of the 18th century, the Kremlin was dismantled, and the area was repeatedly renamed. In the early years of the 19th century, the Gostiny Dvor was located here.

Gradually, the area increased its territory, and reached modern sizes by the end of the 19th century. Unfortunately, a serious fire occurred during this period, which destroyed many buildings, and during the years of the USSR the remaining fragments of the architectural composition were lost. In particular, the Tikhvin Church and the Cathedral were destroyed.

Count Speransky Square

Landscaping began in the late 60s. As a result, the city administration building was built here, a fountain, a chapel and a wonderful square appeared. Today, Speransky Square serves as a venue for various events and festivities. For the New Year, the main Christmas tree of Irkutsk is being established here, an ice town of amazing beauty and scale is being built.

130th quarter (Irkutsk Sloboda)

The location of the historical buildings is a suburban quarter of the 18th century. Since in those days, almost all houses and non-residential buildings were built of wood, by the beginning of the 20th century the quarter was like an ordinary village. In 2008, it was decided to create the Irkutsk Sloboda, as a result of which local residents were given new housing in return for the emergency, and the old houses were restored. Now these are no longer ordinary wooden buildings, but real monuments of architecture.

Lower Angara Embankment

Located in the northern part of the historic city center. The history of this place is rooted in the very beginning of the foundation of Irkutsk. Since then, this embankment served as a marina, and then, as the settlement grew, it was built up with residential buildings and other structures. In the 18th century a stone cathedral of the Epiphany appeared here. A large-scale project to restore the oldest embankment of the city was carried out in 2010-2011.

Lower Angara Embankment

Irkutsk Museum of the Decembrists

This is perhaps one of the most striking sights of Irkutsk. The museum is located on the territory of princely estates, which belonged to the Decembrists S.G. Volkonsky

House and estate Volkonskikh

and S.P. Trubetskoy

exiled to Siberia after the suppression of the uprising.
These historical monuments are typical for the 19th century, an example of wooden architecture, so common then in the Siberian regions.

The interior has been restored and is fully consistent with historical truth. On it you can safely judge what life and life of the princely family were like.

The interior of the Volkonsky estate

The museum was founded in 1970, and the collection is replenished to this day.

The interior of the Trubetskoy estate

  • The Volkonsky House Museum (10 Volkonsky Lane)
    Opening hours: 10.00–18.00 Closed on Monday.
    The last Tuesday and Thursday of the month is a sanitary day.
  • The Trubetskoy House-Museum (Dzerzhinsky St., 64)
    Opening hours: 10.00–18.00 Day off - Tuesday
    The last Wednesday of the month is a sanitary day.

Irkutsk Regional Museum of Local Lore

The institution includes several departments at once, as well as a library and a children's center. The museum is very popular - for the whole year its walls manage to accommodate about 300 thousand people. The creation and opening of the local history museum dates back to 1782, it was sponsored by local merchants and nobles. After a century, there was a big fire, which destroyed the rich fund of the cultural institution. After only 4 years, the museum was restored and again opened the doors to its visitors.

Irkutsk Regional Museum of Local Lore

Musical Theater named after N. M. Zagursky

Year of origin - 1941. The first building was designed for a rather large auditorium by that standards - more than 900 seats. The repertoire was based on musical comedies and famous works of classics. The current building was built in 1990. Nowadays, performances of various genres are staged on the music scene - from musicals to ballet.

Irkutsk Regional Musical Theater named after N.M. Zagursky

Victor Bronstein Gallery

A private collection of paintings was founded in 2011. The idea was put into practice by businessman and philanthropist V.V. Bronstein.

Victor Bronstein Gallery

The gallery includes more than 1.5 thousand works of fine art, as well as sculptures and graphic drawings. Thanks to such a rich exhibition, the gallery deservedly received the status of the largest beyond the Urals. Since its opening, the museum has been actively participating in national and international (at one time, expositions were presented in China, Korea, Mongolia) exhibitions.

"The famous champion." Exhibition "Soul of Asia"

Art Museum named after V.P. Sukachev

The collection is distributed in three places. The first and second are old stone manors, and the third is a small wooden house on 2 floors. The latter belongs to the family of the famous collector and philanthropist V.P. Sukachev. As the name of the art museum itself shows, it is he who is the founder of this cultural institution. The collection includes masterpieces of not only Russian authors, but also the work of Eastern and Western European artists of the 15-20 centuries.

Irkutsk Regional Art Museum. V.P. Sukacheva

Museum-Estate V.P. Sukacheva

A very beautiful wooden mansion, decorated with exquisite carvings, is a truly magnificent piece of wooden architecture. The delicate work of the author of this masterpiece gave the building an “airy” look and unimaginable lightness.The estate is an architectural ensemble, part of the buildings of which were restored in the 2000s. Inside the mansion is a commemorative exhibition in honor of the family of V.P. Sukachev.

Museum-Estate V.P. Sukacheva

Museum-icebreaker "Angara"

The ship was built before the October Revolution and for some time was used in public service. For the first time the ship "set foot" on the water in 1900 - it is one of the oldest icebreakers in the world. At the end of the 20th century, it was decided to turn the ship into a museum. However, at that time the idea was not destined to be realized, since a year later the “Angara” was set on fire. Only in 1990, the icebreaker was repaired and moved to the Irkutsk reservoir.

Drama Theater named after N.P. Okhlopkov

The opening of one of the oldest theater stages in Russia took place in the middle of the 19th century. The first team consisted of wandering actors who settled down and opted for Irkutsk. The theater has existed in its modern form since 1897. In 1999, it was reconstructed. The building was built in the Russian classical style of architecture.

Irkutsk Academic Drama Theater named after N.P. Okhlopkova

The main positive characteristics of the main dramatic scene of Irkutsk are its excellent acoustics and magnificent interior decoration.

The interior of the theater

House of Merchants Shastins

Another name for the estate is “lace house”. The building received it thanks to its exquisite wood carvings resembling very delicate lace. The house is built in the style of Russian Baroque. The estate was restored in 1999.

House of Merchants Shastins

Feinberg House

THEM. Feinberg is a wealthy merchant who lived in Irkutsk at the end of the 19th century and had a very great influence in the city. In 1903, on his orders, a stone mansion was erected. The basis of the building material was sandstone and brick - such an expensive project was available only to very wealthy people. The building was built in the eclectic style. It is noteworthy that Feinberg himself did not live in the mansion, but preferred to rent it out.

Epiphany Cathedral in Irkutsk

The temple was built in the early 18th century. The building is located on the Lower Embankment of Irkutsk. Previously, a wooden church stood on the site of the cathedral, which soon burnt in a fire. The new stone structure was erected at the expense of local residents and visitors. During the Soviet period, inside the church was a factory floor and a dormitory for workers. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the restoration of the Orthodox Cathedral began, which lasted for 19 years. At the end of the restoration work, the building passed into the jurisdiction of the museum of local lore. Today the temple is operational - services in it have resumed since 1994.

Epiphany Cathedral in Irkutsk

Kazan church

The beautifully decorated Orthodox church was built of red brick in the late 19th century. The building is decorated with a picturesque blue-blue roof and a very extraordinary geometric pattern. The whole appearance of the church is somewhat unusual and immediately attracts the attention of an observer. The undeniable architectural value of the building saved the Kazan Church from destruction in the Soviet period. In 1975, the temple was included in the list of state-protected objects.

Harlampiev church

The construction of the temple dates from the 18th century. The modern building has replaced the old dilapidated wooden structure. Before the Revolution of 1917, the main mission of the church was to bless the travelers who went on a long voyage.

Most of the parishioners were large merchants who often sponsored various research expeditions.

Holy Cross Exaltation Church

A rather unusual building was built in the architectural style of the Siberian Baroque. The Orthodox Church is one of the oldest in the city - the church was erected in the distant 1760 year. In the 19th century, an extension was added to the church in the form of a new chapel. The temple is famous for its many priceless relics: the 18th-century old iconostasis and several hundred images adorn the interior walls of the building.

Spasskaya Church

The building is located in the historical center of Irkutsk on the territory of the Irkutsk Kremlin, which is now not preserved. The church is one of the first stone structures of the city. After the Revolution, the temple was almost demolished, but it was decided to use it as an utility building (it housed a shoe shop, communal apartments). In 1960, the Spasskaya Church received the status of a monument of regional importance.

The temple has a unique rich collection of bells.

Moscow Triumphal Gate

The Arc de Triomphe was built in 1811 in honor of the tenth anniversary of the accession to the throne of Emperor Alexander I. The gate got its name from its location - when leaving Irkutsk in the direction of the Moscow highway. By 1928, the arch became very dilapidated, and it had to be dismantled. In 2011, the restoration of the Triumphal Gate began. The restoration was carried out in the style of empire and renaissance.

Moscow Triumphal Gate

Monument to Kolchak in Irkutsk

The sculpture in honor of the leader of the White movement was established in 2004. The monument is located at the Znamenskaya monastery. It is here, according to historical sources, that Admiral Kolchak was shot. The statue is made of bronze, and its height is 4.5 meters.

Monument to Kolchak in Irkutsk

Monument to Leonid Gaidai

It is here, in Irkutsk, the famous cinema activist began his career. The sculpture was installed in 2012 near the school where the brilliant director studied.
The monument is a sculptural composition of bronze, consisting of two parts: one embodies the image of Leonid Gaidai in the process of working on the film,

and the second depicts the famous scene from the movie "Prisoner of the Caucasus" with the participation of the legendary three - Coward, Dunce and Experienced.


Seals living in Baikal waters are no longer found anywhere in the world, that is, they are endemic to Lake Baikal. If it is not possible to look at these amazing animals in natural conditions, then visiting the nerpinaria is the best option for residents and visitors of the city.

Angara River

One of the most striking and significant sights of Irkutsk is the river on which the Siberian city was once built. The Angara is the largest tributary of the Yenisei, its length is more than 1700 km.

The river begins with Baikal, and its path runs through the territory of the East Siberian taiga. A mighty water stream flows into the Kara Sea basin - this is the end of the path of a mighty Siberian water stream.

Lake Baikal

This is truly the brightest and most valuable attraction - not only in Irkutsk, but also throughout our country. This is the deepest lake in the world! The beauty of local nature, the diversity of flora and fauna, the mesmerizing scale of the vast expanses of water turned Lake Baikal into a true legend. It is not surprising that the great lake is awarded with such bright, “human” epithets - “wise”, “gray-haired”, “mighty”. Also among the alternative names of Baikal are especially popular: “the blue eye of Siberia”, “an oasis of the pristine nature of the Earth”, “god-made creation”, “a sacred gift of nature”, etc.

View of Lake Baikal

To come to Irkutsk and not visit the greatest attraction - Lake Baikal - is unforgivable! The nearest shore is located 70 kilometers from the city on the territory of Listvyanka - the main tourist center on the western side of the reservoir.

The countless advantages of this wonderful place do not need to be introduced, because visiting Baikal is a dream for many tourists.


Approximately in this way the very green line for tourists passes, which was discussed at the very beginning. A guest or resident of Irkutsk who has passed through it will definitely not remain indifferent to him. Sights he sees will make an indelible impression and will forever leave a memory of this wonderful old Siberian city.

Circum-Baikal Railway

It was built from the beginning to the middle of the last century. Length - 260 km. The name refers to both the entire route and the 89 km section: Slyudyanka II - Baikal. Stations at the stations are different: from wooden to brick. The road is now not used as actively as before. Of particular note are its tunnel sections. Some have crashed, but the vast majority are suitable for passing trains.

Spring Talaya

It is one of the Munko water sources. The name is derived from a loan. Location - the right bank of Kirenga. You can get there on foot or by transport from Ulkan station, breaking 20 km. The composition of water is unique in its own way: there is radon and there is no hydrogen sulfide. Mineral is useful for the liver, raising immunity, kidneys and restoration of vision. Since 2004, a mini-factory for bottling water has been operating nearby.

Olkhon Island

The largest of the Baikal islands. Area - 73 thousand hectares. The surrounding islets and Olkhon are part of the Baikal National Park. There is a permanent population. It is separated from the mainland by two straits. Sightseeing: Museum of Local Lore, Shamanka Rock, ruins of a protective wall on Cape Khorgoi, Peschanoe natural boundary. You can get to the island by ferry, before this you need to get permission.

Cape Burhan (Shamanka Rock)

Located on the island of Olkhon. It has two peaks, 30 m and 42 m high. It leaves in a narrow land area deep in Baikal. Many legends and myths are associated with the Shamanic cave. This place was sacred; ceremonies were held here. There are two entrances, and a cave was formed due to weathering of rocks. On the side of the rock, the rock exit is clearly visible, which outlines like a dragon. Assigned the status of a natural monument.

Glaciers of Kodar

The object, which was not believed until the end of the 50s of the last century, is unique for several reasons. It is located far from the seas and oceans, the climate is not very suitable for the formation of glaciers, the location is below the conditional snow line. The total number of glaciers is approximately 40, and their area is 900 ha. The ridge of the same name, where this geological monument is located, is part of the Vitim Reserve.

Baikal-Lensky Reserve

It was founded in 1986 and covers an area of ​​more than 659 thousand hectares. Since the weather is capricious, you need to carefully choose the time to visit the territory and stock up on changeable clothes. Sightseeing: Baikal and the islands located on it, the source of Lena, trees, including cedars, growing in the area for several centuries, a stone wall 900 meters long, of which little is known.

Pribaikalsky National Park

Exists since 1986. Designed to preserve the endemic of Lake Baikal. Area - more than 417 thousand hectares, including partially three regions of the region. Here is one of the largest wintering waterfowl in the country. Attractions include natural monuments, for example, the courage "The Courage of Life", Shaman-Kamen, Small Sea - part of Lake Baikal with tourist infrastructure, islands and active fishing.

Ethnographic Museum Taltsy

Opened in 1969 in the village of the same name. On an area of ​​67 hectares are objects that reflect the characteristics of the XVII-XX centuries. The first in the museum appeared wooden buildings, transferred from the places of flooding. In Taltsy there is an Evenki camp, a tower of the Ilimsk prison, a forge square, an ice slide. In addition to buildings and open-air exhibitions, the collection includes about 8 thousand items.

Lena cheeks

Located on the site from the mouth of Ichera to the mouth of Vitim. These three bends of the Lena channel are rocks up to 200 m high. They stretch for 3 km and are heterogeneous along their entire length. There are no separate names, but they are numbered. This area is considered very difficult to navigate. When the movement of ships here was active, the signalman worked on an ongoing basis to avoid disaster.

Icebreaker "Angara"

It is one of the oldest surviving ships of this type. It was first launched in 1990. Carried out its functions on Lake Baikal and was in demand until the construction of the iron railroad. Since 1990 he was sent to eternal parking in the Irkutsk reservoir, where he became a museum. The interior of the ship is partially preserved, and some rooms are reserved for exposure.

Baikal-Amur Railway

It was built in several stages, starting from 1938 and ending already in the XXI century. The length of the railway track is 39819 km. This makes BAM one of the longest on the planet. As the road is overloaded, modernization and expansion are necessary. One of the most active in terms of operation of railway sections in the country. The laying of new segments of the highway will help with the development of the region.

Glazkovsky bridge

Previously called Old Angarsk, renamed in 2011. Built in 1936 through the Angara in Irkutsk. Length - 1245 m, width - 18 meters. It has 37 legs and 4 spans. Both four-lane automobile and pedestrian traffic in special zones on both sides are permissible over the bridge. There are also tram tracks. Statues were supposed to be on 4 pylons, the project was accepted, but not completed.

Patom crater

Discovered in the Bodaibo district in 1949. This cone-shaped object has a diameter of 80 m. It looks especially impressive from afar or from a height in summer or late spring. Around the fairly dense greens, and in the center of the conditional meadow a towering gray crater (due to the nature of the breed) with a convex core. His research is still ongoing, there is no consensus on the age of the geological miracle.

Baikal Astrophysical Observatory

It has been working since 1980 in the village of Listvyanka. The construction site was not chosen by chance; there is a favorable microclimate for observations. There are various types of telescopes that allow you to collect data by all known methods. The main tasks of the observatory are studies of solar activity and unusual phenomena associated with the sun. In 2018, part of the equipment was replaced and upgraded.

Znamensky monastery

First mentioned at the end of the XVII century. Located in Irkutsk. After the revolution, gradually lost its former influence and was closed. Restored in the mid 90's. The acquisition of the relics of St. Innocent played an important role in this. In 2004, the country's first monument to Kolchak was erected nearby. The necropolis also occupies a special place in the monastery, where prominent figures and not only churchmen were buried.

130th quarter of Irkutsk

The city has intentionally created such a zone of historical development. Unique architectural monuments of different years have been preserved or transported here. The territory includes 6 museums, 5 hotels, an exhibition hall, cafes, restaurants and other objects, both tourist and municipal. One of the attractions is the sculpture of Babr. Established in 2012, has a height of more than 3.5 m. Babr is a translation of the name of the Ussuri or Amur tiger.

Baikal Limnological Museum

Initially, it belonged to the branch of the RAS, but in 1993 it became independent. In 2008, the museum opened an environmental center and a summer school. Museum activities relate to the study of the features of Lake Baikal, and the exhibits are relevant. In addition, extensive educational work is underway. Data is collected and processed using modern methods online.

Bratsk hydroelectric station

Construction began in 1954, and after 12 years, the units were fully commissioned. The country's third largest hydroelectric power station is important for Siberia as a whole. Dam height - 125 m. A memorial plaque in honor of the builders was installed. Thanks to its creation, the Bratsk Reservoir was formed. Its volumes are constantly changing, depending on the season and output.

The sacred mountain Ehe-Erdo

The literal translation of the name is "large protruding." The mountain can be easily found 2 km from Lake Baikal near the village of Elantsy. The hill is of the correct form and has a height of 34 m. It is one of the objects of worship of the ancient Buryats who spent their holidays here.Moreover, only shamans rose to the top during important dates. The rites were mainly related to requests for local patron spirits.

Museum "Angarsk Village"

It was founded in Bratsk in 1979. The buildings characteristic of the Evenki people were recreated here. It is located in the green zone, which allows you to arrange festivals and festivities here. The open-air exposition is divided into sectors. For example, in Russian there are monuments of wooden architecture of different years. For several years, the Bratsk prison of the 17th century has been restored.

Vitim Reserve

Founded in 1982. Area - 585 thousand hectares. Belongs to the mountainous territories and to the basin of the Arctic Ocean. Local lakes, including Oron, are of particular value to researchers and tourists. The location explains the rather harsh climate. Temperatures drop below -50 ° C and winters start early. Although the forest occupies just over 10% of the territory, there are rare plants.

Shishkin writings

An archaeological site was discovered on the banks of the Lena River near the village of Kachug. In total there are about 3 thousand drawings, and they occupy the rocks at varying degrees of frequency over 3.5 km. The oldest belong to the Neolithic. Some drawings are very clear and depict scenes from life or animals, many illegible characters. Scribbles are in danger, since warnings do not save from vandals.

Regional Art Museum

It bears the name of V.P. Sukachev, whose art gallery became the basis for the museum. In 1920, the entire collection, along with the estate, was donated to the state. The mansion itself is an architectural monument. Now funds count about 22 thousand exhibits. They are not only Russian, but also foreign: Western Europe, the East, etc. The museum holds thematic events, chamber evenings, meetings with artists.

Regional Museum of Local Lore

It is considered the oldest in Siberia, as it was founded in the 18th century in Irkutsk. Initially, materials of expeditions and unusual exhibits were stored here. Over the years, the collection has replenished and is now divided into halls. 8 departments cover the main areas, from history to fashion and the media. Transitions in sightseeing tours are smooth and show how different directions can be combined.

Ukovsky waterfall

It can be found after driving 18 km from Nizhneudinsk. Received the status of a nature monument on a federal scale. Height - 20 m, width - 10 m. Since it is located in a corner of the gorge, it seems to be a monumental step structure. The stream is quite powerful, but changeable, depending on the season. In winter, the water freezes, which tourists also like, the waterfall looks like a man-made sculpture.

Tazheransky steppe

It lies between the Seaside Range and Lake Baikal. The closest village is Elantsy. This is a prehistoric massif that stands out from the local reliefs. This is what attracts tourists. There are rumors of semiprecious stones found here. The territory is rich in caves and mineral lakes, some of them are still poorly understood. Researchers have found that there were risers of ancient people.

Interactive map of Irkutsk region

Irkutsk region - cities and attractions. Having selected the object on the map, you can go to its page where you can see the description, mode of operation, how to get there, read reviews, leave your review about the visit. Based on the reviews, a rating of cities and attractions, hotels and cafes, any other objects interesting to road travelers is formed.

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Full list of attractions

Above are some of the most popular attractions. Irkutsk region. 109 attractions, 2 services, 1 fishing, 65 hotels, 7 cafes can be found on the site using the links from the table. You can go to the city page (column on the left), where all the sights will be indicated, and to the page with filtered objects of a particular type.

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