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The Epiphany Cathedral of Irkutsk

Join our tours to the Epiphany Cathedral:

Irkutsk city tour is the best choice for those who have little time to get acquainted with it. In 3 hours, you will visit the most significant places of Irkutsk including its numerous churches and cathedrals, the historical centre and the embankment of the Angara River.


The Epiphany Cathedral was built in 1693 right in the heart of the city next to the Church of Our Saviour. The Cathedral was burned down during the fire in 1716.

Epiphany Cathedral Irkutsk

Photo by Aleksandr Zykov

In 1718 the construction of a stone Cathedral was started. The works were finished only in 1729. The Epiphany Cathedral was listed among the landmarks of federal significance in 1960. The building’s intricate composition is crowned with a tall bell tower. The Cathedral’s decor is incredible, bizarre and unique. The combination of the Old Russian decor, Baroque elements, and indigenous Siberia motifs make the Cathedral look graceful. More than 300 tiles were used for the interior finish. At night the Cathedral is beautifully illuminated. From the Angara River, it looks like an Old Russian tower. The citizens compare it to a gingerbread house. The interior decoration is just as magnificent. You can spend much time, admiring the beauty of the tiles and looking for new elements and motifs.

Address: 1, Sukhe-Batora str. (Rus: ул. Сухэ-Батора, 1)

To get to the Epiphany Cathedral:
Bus stop “Ploshad Spiranskogo” (Rus: Площадь Спиранского) or “Skver Kirova” (Rus: Сквер Кирова)
Walk towards the embankment.
CITY BUSES 116, 64, 16


Epiphany Cathedral

Photo by Aleksandr Zykov



Other Irkutsk attractions:


The Block 130 (130 kvartal or Irkutsk Sloboda) is the historical zone with many old wooden buildings and houses constructed in the XVII century.

At the Irkutsk Nerpinary you will see 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 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.




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