City Orientation Walk, Irkutsk

Irkutsk has a long, storied history and has many landmarks and cultural venues that showcase its past, as well as its current development. Take this tour to explore the most interesting attractions in Irkutsk.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Russia » Irkutsk (See other walking tours in Irkutsk)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Author: Dee
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Epiphany Cathedral (Собор Богоявления Господня)

1) Epiphany Cathedral (Собор Богоявления Господня) (must see)

The Orthodox Epiphany Cathedral is located in Irkutsk's historic city center at the intersection of Sukhbaatar and the Lower Angara River embankment. In 1994 the Cathedral of the Epiphany was transferred to the diocese of Irkutsk, which began to hold worship services in the former chapel of Peter and Paul. In 2002 painting of the church's altar was completed.
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Savior Church (Спасская Церковь)

2) Savior Church (Спасская Церковь) (must see)

Savior Church was built in 1706. It is located opposite Epiphany Cathedral and is the oldest building in the city. Savior Church is the only church in the city that has frescoes on its exterior. The church has a large collection of bells, including the unique Hilevskaya Bell. In 1861 the church suffered due to an earthquake, but it has since been restored.
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The Church of the Assumption of our Lady (Иркутский римско-католический костёл Успения Богородицы)

3) The Church of the Assumption of our Lady (Иркутский римско-католический костёл Успения Богородицы) (must see)

The Church of the Assumption of our Lady is a Polish Catholic Church. It is located close to Epiphany Cathedral and Savior Church. The church was designed in the Gothic style, uncommon in this region. The Irkutsk Catholic parish was once the largest in the world, but new parishes in Chita, Blagoveshchensk, Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk, Usolie-Siberian, Sludianka later eclipsed Irkutsk.
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V.P. Sukachev Regional Art Museum (Иркутский областной художественный музей им. В.П.Сукачева)

4) V.P. Sukachev Regional Art Museum (Иркутский областной художественный музей им. В.П.Сукачева)

The V.P. Sukachev Regional Art Museum was founded at the end of the 19th century. Today, it has more than 16,000 paintings, photographs, statues and other pieces of art. The collection includes an exceptional assembly of sculptures from the Baikal Region. The most important and attractive part of the collection includes the work of Russian artists from centuries past.
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The History Museum (Отдел истории — Иркутский Краеведческий Музей)

5) The History Museum (Отдел истории — Иркутский Краеведческий Музей) (must see)

The History Museum was built in 1883 in the Moorish style, which is characteristic of many other buildings in Irkutsk. The building itself became a monument to famous researchers from Asia. The museum's archaeological collection presents items from a variety of ancient cultures. There is also a unique collection pertaining to the ethnography of Siberia.
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Okhlopkov (Академический Драматический Театр им. Н. П. Охлопкова)

6) Okhlopkov (Академический Драматический Театр им. Н. П. Охлопкова) (must see)

In 1850 Okhlopkov was founded as a professional drama theater, with a permanent troupe of actors. The first performances were held in the Noble Assembly. On November 2, 1967, The Council of Ministers of the RSFSR named the theater after the prominent Russian director Okhlopkov, whose theatrical career began in Irkutsk. In 1995 the theater building was declared a historical and cultural monument of federal importance.
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Children's World (Магазин "Детский Мир")

7) Children's World (Магазин "Детский Мир")

Children's World is a specialty shop that sells toys for children of all ages. There are toys for babies (small pools and balls); for children up to age 7 (ships, alphabet tables, doll houses); and for older children (model trains, water guns, books). Choose from a huge variety of toys all in one easy location!
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Gallery of Contemporary Art (Галерея современного искусства «Дом Художника»)

8) Gallery of Contemporary Art (Галерея современного искусства «Дом Художника»)

The Gallery of Contemporary Art is part of the EDI VTOO Union of Russian Artists. The gallery holds numerous exhibitions dedicated to promoting the work of creative artists from Irkutsk and increasing the public's interest in contemporary visual arts. The Gallery of Contemporary Art conducts tours of the exhibitions, hosts master classes for painting and drawing and holds seminars and press conferences. Some pieces on display at the gallery are available for purchase.
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The Historical Museum of Irkutsk (Музей Истории Города Иркутска)

9) The Historical Museum of Irkutsk (Музей Истории Города Иркутска) (must see)

The Historical Museum of Irkutsk was built in the late 19th century in memory of sister Antonina Kladischevoya. It served for a time as a free school for children of both sexes. In 2007 the building was transformed into a museum specializing in local history. The museum currently has more than 200 different pieces on display.
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Trubetskoy House Museum (Дом-Музей Трубецкого)

10) Trubetskoy House Museum (Дом-Музей Трубецкого) (must see)

The Trubetskoy House Museum is part of the historical Decembrists Museum. It was established at the end of 1970. The house was built in the mid-19th century for one of Sergei Trubetskoy‘s daughters. The museum displays the Trubetskoy family's original belongings, as well as some valuable paintings.
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Volkonsky House Museum (Дом-Mузей Волконских)

11) Volkonsky House Museum (Дом-Mузей Волконских)

The Volkonsky House Museum first opened in 1985 after an extensive restoration. The collection contains many items that belonged to the Volkonsky family and to other Decembrists. The museum is an excellent resource for learning about the Decembrist exile.

Walking Tours in Irkutsk, Russia

Create Your Own Walk in Irkutsk

Create Your Own Walk in Irkutsk

Creating your own self-guided walk in Irkutsk is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Places of Worship Tour of Irkutsk

Places of Worship Tour of Irkutsk

Irkutsk is home to a number of eye-catching churches and cathedrals, many of which have been restored to their original beauty. Take this tour to visit Irkutsk's most impressive places of worship.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.9 km
Family Entertainment Tour of Irkutsk

Family Entertainment Tour of Irkutsk

Irkutsk is a fabulous city with great places for children and the entire family to enjoy. Here you can see seals sing and dance, view a woolly mammoth skeleton, take in a show at the puppet theater and more! Take this tour to visit the best family-friendly attractions in Irkutsk.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Museums Tour of Irkutsk

Museums Tour of Irkutsk

Irkutsk has a storied history, which is reflected in its beautiful architecture and interesting array of museums. The city's museums have exceptional collections that teach about the history and culture of Irkutsk and Russia. Visit the most popular museums in Irkutsk on this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Irkutsk for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Irkutsk has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Irkutsk, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.