Join our tours to the Block 130:
Irkutsk city tour is the best choice for those who have little time to get acquainted with it. In 3 hours, you will visit most significant places of Irkutsk including its numerous churches and cathedrals, the historical center and the embankment of the Angara River.
The 130th Block of Irkutsk (130 kvartal or Irkutsk Sloboda) is one of the most popular Irkutsk’s promenade places. The historical zone with many old wooden buildings and houses constructed in the XVII century. Not many Russian cities can offer such sights. This place was created to preserve Russian architectural monuments not only in the books. Right now you can see one street with carved wooden buildings. The lower stories are decorated with the stone mosaic. The entire area is a walking zone. At the entry, you will see the city’s symbol, an Ussuri tiger with a sable in the mouth.
Despite the historical component of the 130 kvartal, you can meet modern objects. After sightseeing, you can stop at the shopping mall or have a snack at some restaurants. Some of the buildings are city museums. For example, the Museum of Siberian Rail Road has dwelled in the Zatoplyaev house. The Craft Farmstead is located in the Kurnosov estate.
Opening hours: The museums are open Monday to Friday from the morning until 5-8 p.m.
Address: The 130 kvartal is located at the intersection of Sedov str, July 3 str, and Kozova str.
How to get to the Block 130:
From the Railway Station:
1. Get to the bus stop “Lenina”. Once you enter the Church, you will see the beginning of the 130 kvartal on the right side.
2. Bus stop “Stadion Truda.” Walk several meters until you see the “Ussuri tiger” monument.
Other Irkutsk attractions:
At the Irkutsk Nerpinary Baikal freshwater seal nerpa, a symbol of the lake and watch a nerpa show.
The open-air museum Taltsy is located 20 kilometers away from Listvyanka. The exposition features wooden buildings brought from all over Siberia.
The Circum-Baikal Railway is truly the main Baikal man-made landmark. This unique achievement in architecture and engineering is a section of the Trans-Siberian Railway and one of the most beautiful places of Lake Baikal.
Irkutsk Art Museum named after V.P.Sukachov is the oldest Russian museum after the Hermitage Museum and the Tretyakov Gallery with richest collection beyond the Urals.
With Byzantine style decorations, the Irkutsk’s Kazan Church looks like a fairy tower. It is known for the Irkutsk’s largest church bell.
The Epiphany Cathedral was listed among the landmarks of federal significance in 1960. The Cathedral’s decor is incredible, bizarre, and unique.
The Holy Cross Church is one of the oldest Irkutsk’s Orthodox temples, a distinctive landmark of Siberian Baroque. The church is famous for its unique exterior design.
The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption is one of the most beautiful buildings placed in the historical part of Irkutsk.
Listvyanka is the best place to get to know the unique nature of the Baikal. This settlement is a starting point for many Baikal routes including the Circum-Baikal Railway.
Bolshiye Koty village is located close to Irkutsk and Listvyanka Settlement, yet far enough to preserve the beauty of a landscape. One of the sections of the Great Baikal Trail passes through the village.
Arshan is a small village located in Buryatia, in the Tunka Valley. The Valley is unique in its healing springs and alpine meadows. The village of Arshan is the most famous village in the Tunka valley. People come to Arshan for miraculous water and health.
Places of power are geographical areas that have a strong positive effect on the human psyche and body. These include the Shumak mineral springs in the Sayan Mountains. Here not only water heals but also picturesque mountain landscapes.