The construction of the Kazan Church (aka Church of Our Lady of Kazan) started on July 27, 1885. The construction works lasted for seven years. With Byzantine style decorations, the Kazan Church looks like a fairy tower. It is known for the Irkutsk’s largest church bell. The inner spaces are decorated with fresco paintings. A unique iconostasis is carved out the Indian granite by Chinese craftsmen. The weight of the establishment is 70 tons; the height is 13 meters. The renovation works lasted from 1990 to 2012. Right now the church is in its original form.
Address: 34, Barrikad str. (Rus: ул. Баррикад, 34)
Opening hours: daily 8.00 – 19.00
To get to the Kazan Church:
From the Railway Station: take a tram №4а and go to the bus stop “Dekabristov” (Rus: Декабристов). Then walk several meters to the right, or take a minibus N64 and go to the bus station “Fuchika” (Rus: Фучика), then walk straight through the Kazan Market pavilions.
From the Airport: take a minibus N64 and go to the bus station “Fuchika” (Rus: Фучика), then walk straight through the Kazan Market pavilions.
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The Block 130 (aka 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 nerpa, a symbol of the lake and observe a performance.
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.
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 located in the historical part of Irkutsk.
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