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The complete guide to: Irkutsk travel

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Located in Eastern Siberia, Irkutsk is a fascinating place to visit and has something to offer nearly every type of traveller – from history buffs to outdoor enthusiasts to fans of unique architecture. Whether you’re planning a visit, thinking about adding the city to your must-visit list, or you’ve already set a date and booked…

Meet the local guide: interview with Yana

Yana is our wonderful ExploRussia guide from Irkutsk  team. Today she is answering some questions about Irkutsk and Lake Baikal for you. a woman wearing a hat Why did you move to Irkutsk from your…

Top 5 local food restaurants in Irkutsk

The most interesting restaurants with Transbaikalian food – now in one rating. Attention! Not recommended to read it if hungry, losing weight people and vegetarians. a pizza sitting on top of a wooden cutting board The best…

One day in Irkutsk: what to do?

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One day stay in the capital of Eastern Siberia. Is it enough? It will take you about 20 minutes to get from the airport to downtown. By the way, there are trolleybuses running this rout. It makes clear that Irkutsk is a quite compact city. So, one day is enough to see it all if…

24 hours in: Irkutsk

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If you ever find yourself in Irkutsk for a short visit, you can still get a good sense of what the city has to offer in just 24 hours. Located in eastern Siberia, Irkutsk may not be on your travel radar, but it won’t be hard to see why it should be as soon as…

New Year in Siberia

Everybody all over the world is looking forward to the most wonderful days of the year – Christmas and New Year holidays. a group of people that are standing in the snow These days make you feel…

Wassily Kandinsky – the Father of Abstract Art

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Wassily Kandinsky – a representative of the avant-garde world, one of the founders of the abstract painting. He was the first to create the theory based on the principles of new art. His largely autobiographical painting has passed the difficult path from the subject to the abstract through personal upheavals and tragedies of the era….

Matryoshka – is it really a Russian doll?

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Matryoshka is the most favorite Slavic gift and souvenir from Russia, but not everyone knows the history of this toy.  It is not only a decoration or a souvenir. Keep reading to learn more about the history of these Russian gifts.  What is Matryoshka?  It is a set of seven wooden dolls of decreasing size,…

Peter the Great, was he really so great?

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June 9 marks the 348th anniversary of the birth of Peter the Great, the great reformer of Russia, and the founder of the city of St Petersburg. Emperor Peter the Great, in Russia we call him also Peter the 1st (1672-1725), made a real technical and cultural revolution in the country. He was the first…

“Russia – the most beautiful country” photo contest

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“The most beautiful country” photo contest is the one held by the Russian Geographical Society, uniting the best photographers of Russia. By the way, the first photos of Tibet that brought to National Geographic magazine worldwide fame were taken by the members of the Russian Geographical Society, Gombozha Tsybikov and Ovshé Norzunov.