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Places of Worship Tour of Irkutsk (Self Guided), 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.
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Places of Worship Tour of Irkutsk Map

Guide Name: Places of Worship Tour of Irkutsk
Guide Location: Russia » Irkutsk (See other walking tours in Irkutsk)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.9 Km or 5.5 Miles
Author: Dee
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Epiphany Cathedral (Собор Богоявления Господня)
  • Savior Church (Спасская Церковь)
  • The Church of the Assumption of our Lady (Иркутский римско-католический костёл Успения Богородицы)
  • Holy Trinity Church (Свято-Троицкий Храм)
  • Kharlampievskaya Church (Харлампиевская Церковь)
  • The Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church (Крестовоздвиженская Церковь)
  • The Entrance into Jerusalem Church (Входо-Иерусалимский храм)
  • Transfiguration Church (Спасо-Преображенская Церковь)
  • Kazan Cathedral (Казанский собор)
  • The Holy Prince Vladimir Church (Князе-Владимирский храм)
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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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Holy Trinity Church (Свято-Троицкий Храм)

4) Holy Trinity Church (Свято-Троицкий Храм)

The Orthodox Holy Trinity Church holds daily worship services in the morning and evening. The exterior is a beautiful contrast of white and green. The church was consecrated to the three angels that symbolize the Holy Trinity.
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Kharlampievskaya Church (Харлампиевская Церковь)

5) Kharlampievskaya Church (Харлампиевская Церковь)

Kharlampievskaya Church was built in 1738. It was originally a wooden structure but was later built with stone. This church was once considered the largest in Irkutsk. In 2005 reconstruction on the church began. In November 2006 the dome, weighing three tons, was added to the top of the structure.
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The Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church (Крестовоздвиженская Церковь)

6) The Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church (Крестовоздвиженская Церковь) (must see)

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church took 11 years to build. The church is surrounded by an elegant fence and is decorated in the Baroque style. The Imperial Archaeological Commission has designated the church a national historic monument. Inside the church there are three iconostases. Of the 650 icons in the church, 400 of them are recognized as having great artistic value. Most of them were made in the 18th century, although there are some that were made in the 17th century.
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The Entrance into Jerusalem Church (Входо-Иерусалимский храм)

7) The Entrance into Jerusalem Church (Входо-Иерусалимский храм)

The Entrance into Jerusalem Church was built in 1792 next to the Jerusalem Cemetery on the highest point in the city. From its bell tower you can see all of Irkutsk's temples and monasteries. The church was consecrated to the entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem.
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Transfiguration Church (Спасо-Преображенская Церковь)

8) Transfiguration Church (Спасо-Преображенская Церковь)

Transfiguration Church was built in 1798 with financial support from Irkutsk merchants S.Y. Ignatiev and J.H. Dry. The Decembrist families Volkonsky and Trubetskoy were sheltered in this church. Transfiguration Church was also the regular church of the Volkonsky family.
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Kazan Cathedral (Казанский собор)

9) Kazan Cathedral (Казанский собор) (must see)

Kazan Cathedral was built in 1894 in the Russian-Byzantine style. It is an impressive building, accommodating up to 5,000 parishioners at a time. The cathedral stands 60 meters tall, and it is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Russia. To compare dimensions, the massive St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg can accommodate 8,000 parishioners.
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The Holy Prince Vladimir Church (Князе-Владимирский храм)

10) The Holy Prince Vladimir Church (Князе-Владимирский храм)

The Holy Prince Vladimir Church was established in 1895 in honor of the 900th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia. Merchant B. Litvintseva helped fund the construction of the church. Since 1922 the church has housed a cavalry regiment and served as an orphanage. In 1990 ownership was transferred to the Irkutsk diocese.

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