10 Things to Do in Irkutsk Oblast That You Shouldn't Miss

December 16, 2017 Layne Dawes

Irkutsk Oblast (Russian: Ирку́тская о́бласть, Irkutskaya oblast) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast), located in southeastern Siberia in the basins of the Angara, Lena, and Nizhnyaya Tunguska Rivers. The administrative center is the city of Irkutsk. Population: 2,428,750 (2010 Census).
Restaurants in Irkutsk Oblast

1. Irkutsk Academic Drama Theater

Karla Marksa St., 14, Irkutsk 664003, Russia +7 395 220-04-88
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5 based on 162 reviews

Irkutsk Academic Drama Theater

Reviewed By rimsky12 - Battle, United Kingdom

Actually, NOT at the Drama Theatre, but at the Musical Theatre, which is not listed on Trip Advisor! I saw Verdi's Aida, a touring production from Ulan Ude, which was not only superbly sung, and quite well played, it was imaginatively and luxuriously designed in traditional style. The theatre is clearly Soviet in style, as are the prices. I paid the equivalent of £3 for an excellent seat. GO!!

2. Shamanka Rock

Western bank of Olkhon island, Khuzhir, Olkhon 666137, Russia +7 924 550-33-88
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5 based on 350 reviews

Shamanka Rock

Reviewed By Edgar K - London, United Kingdom

this is cold lake, truly cold, but view is nice, water is clean and this is biggest archive of drinking water around the globe. during summer you can swim here, maybe one month. good place to visit for weekend.

3. Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God

Barrikad St, 34, Irkutsk 664001, Russia +7 904 114-10-04
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5 based on 119 reviews

Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God

Reviewed By 359kwangnamk - Seoul, South Korea

I visited this Cathedral in Feb 2017. It was very cold and there were many ice carving/sculptures outside the Cathedral.One of the beautiful Cathedral that i have seen in Russia. Inside the Cathedral was amazing. Icons, mural paintings were really fantastic. Must see place in Irkutsk. Small ice carving chapel was really beautiful.

4. Taltsy Museum

Baykalsky highway 47km, Taltsy 664518, Russia +7 395 224-32-51
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5 based on 203 reviews

Taltsy Museum

Architectural-ethnographic Museum "Taltsy" – a unique collection of monuments of history, architecture and Ethnography of XVII–XX centuries.The Museum complex under the open sky attracts visitors with opportunity for direct experience of material and spiritual culture of the peoples of the Baikal region

Reviewed By Nancy C - Miami

Though the snow was deep and walking through the snow was a bit challenging, the museum was very interesting. We learned a lot about this village, and got some beautiful photos of these wooden buildings. They also had a good number of activities for families...MoreБлагодарим за потрясающий отзыв ! С нетерпением ждём Вас в гости !

5. Znamensky Monastery

Angarskaya, 14, Irkutsk 664001, Russia +7 395 277-87-30
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4.5 based on 123 reviews

Znamensky Monastery

Reviewed By MomDives - New York

A beautiful setting, a peaceful spot and a chance to reunite with a religious we met on the TransSiberian railroad headed to Irkutsk. The iconography in the Church is consistent with many of the churches in the City. The grounds of the monastery are pleasant to walk through,

6. Cathedral of The Epiphany

Sukhe-Batora St., 1A, Irkutsk 664011, Russia +7 395 279-04-84
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4.5 based on 176 reviews

Cathedral of The Epiphany

Reviewed By Unnikrishnan B - Thrissur, India

It is small but beautiful Cathedral, painted new and colorful. The Angara river besides gave a special reflection to the walls. There was not much people inside the Cathedral but very spiritual atmosphere. I met a girl there resembling the Vermeer’s paining ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’.

7. Irkutsk Regional Memorial Decembrists Museum, Volkonsky House

Volkonskogo ul., d. 10, Irkutsk 664007, Russia +7 395 229-21-95
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4.5 based on 233 reviews

Irkutsk Regional Memorial Decembrists Museum, Volkonsky House

Reviewed By MartinBaxter58 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Nicely preserved house belonging to the Decembrists' after they were exiled to Siberia from Moscow for attempting to rise up and assassinate / remove the Russian Tsar. They were predominantly youngish but senior Russian military officers who after seeing liberal French policies in Paris (which they had captured after defeating Napoleon) were inspired to remove the Tsar and likewise liberalise Russia. Naturally they failed and were thus exiled to Irkutsk. House itself was beautiful and full of gorgeous fittings. Apparently the obvious wealth of the inhabitants was provided by the wife's of those exiled. This still confuses me as it seams that given the seriousness of their crimes, rebelling and attempting to assassinate the Tsar, they got off significantly lightly !!! Nevertheless well worth a visit to see the magnificent architecture and get a better understanding of the Decembrist revolt and what happened to those involved. Need a good English speaking guide to get the best out of the visit. As part of our tour had a private Russian classical concert, not my cup of tea but greatly enjoyed by others in our group.

Oktyabrskoi Revolyutsii St., 3, Irkutsk 664003, Russia +7 395 275-60-30
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5 based on 80 reviews

Gallery of V. Bronshteyn

The gallery of modern art in Irkutsk offers free and paid Exhibitions. People can get acquainted with works of Regina Prisyazhnikova, Gennady Kuzmin, Sergey Zhilin, Nicholay Basharin and other Siberian painters and scultors. The aim of the gallery is cultural education of people and promotion of Irkutsk realist artists.

Reviewed By AnyaBelova - Irkutsk, Russia

The exhibit of the hand-made dools by Dashi namdakov's family is excellent! Gorgeous artwork! There are also several temporary exhibits going all most of the time. There is also a wonderful gift shop with notebooks, postcards, pictures, pendants and so on!

Gorkiy st., 101-A, Listvyanka 664520, Russia +7 395 255-44-32
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4.5 based on 241 reviews

Nerpinary

Reviewed By Nomeian - Melbourne, Australia

I enjoyed the interactions between the seals and the trainer and they are well trained, highly intelligent animals. I was a bit surprised as to the size of the tank, slightly small for four seals. There is no English, not an issue but don't expect it. Would like to know why you cannot take photos, this was a big downside. It's a little pricey for 35-40 minutes but you'll enjoy it, i certainly did.

10. Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk

ulitsa Nizhnyaya Naberezhnaya, 2, Irkutsk 664011, Russia
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4.5 based on 254 reviews

Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk

Reviewed By Bozeman-Dublin - Dublin, Ireland

Irkutsk is a really beautiful city full of character. Perhaps the nicest part of it is the riverside walk and one of the finest monuments there is the massive monument to the founder of the city. It depicts a Cossak soldier with his greatcoat fluttering in an imaginary breeze, a weapon in his right hand as he gazes into the distance. It is one a huge plinth and towers above the river. I really liked it, its very impressive and a great place for photos both of the statue itself and the river and cityscape behind it.

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