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The Holy Cross Church of Irkutsk

Join our tours to the Holy Cross Church:

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 Holy Cross Church is one of the oldest Irkutsk’s Orthodox temples, a distinctive landmark of Siberian Baroque.

Holy Cross Church of Irkutsk

Photo by xJason.Rogersx

The first two-story church was built in 1719 upon the Krestovaya Mountain. It was blessed by Metropolitan Filofei (Leshinsky). The construction of a stone church started in May 1747. The works were finished by the end of 1760. The church is famous for its unique exterior design. The facades are decorated with a rich ornament. Simple geometric objects and garden comply with a complex design. Based on the decor, you can see the influence of local folk art. The Holy Cross Church is the only church in Siberia with XVII century’s interiors.

Opening hours: daily from 9.00 to 19.00

Address: 1, Sedova st. (Rus: ул. Седова, 1)

GPS coordinates:
Longitude: 104.288655
Latitude: 52.276315

How to get to the Holy Cross Church:
Bus stops “Stadion Trud” (Rus: Стадион Труд), “Lenina (Filarmonya)” (Rus: Ленина (Филармония).

CITY BUSES 77, 64, 116




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 Epiphany Cathedral was listed among the landmarks of federal significance in 1960. The Cathedral’s decor is incredible, bizarre, and unique.

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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