Join our tours to the Roman Catholic 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 most significant places of Irkutsk including its numerous churches and cathedrals, the historical center and the embankment of the Angara River.
The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption is one of the most beautiful buildings placed in the historical part of Irkutsk. The Polish community constructed the cathedral, therefore, it is also known as the Polish Roman Catholic Church. Its history starts in 1819. The construction works were completed by the end of 1825, but the church burned down during the fire in 1879. In 1884, the extant stone Cathedral was constructed at the site of the fire. An organ hall, opened in 1978, operates until now.
How to get to Roman Catholic Cathedral:
Bus stops “Ploshad Spiranskogo” (Rus: Площадь Спиранского) or “Skver Kirova” (Rus: Сквер Кирова). Then walk by the square.
CITY BUSES 116, 64, 16
SHUTTLE BUSES 16
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 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.
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.