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Irkutsk (Иркутск)

One of Siberia's largest and most historic cities, Irkutsk functions as the main access point to Lake Baikal. Founded as a trading center in 1652, it quickly became a garrison town for controlling the local, indigenous Buryat population. A fiercely "White" city during the Russian Civil War, it only fell to the Bolsheviks in 1920, when Admiral Alexander Kolchak was finally captured and executed.
On the platform at Krasnoyarsk Station
On the platform at Krasnoyarsk Station
Krasnoyarsk station sign
Krasnoyarsk station sign
Ramshackle outskirts of a Siberian building
Ramshackle outskirts of a Siberian building
Old tsarist-period house in Irkutsk
Old tsarist-period house in Irkutsk
Turn-of-the-century villa on ul. Stepana Razina
Turn-of-the-century villa on ul. Stepana Razina
Ploshchad Kirova
Ploshchad Kirova
Institute of Foreign Languages
Institute of Foreign Languages
War memorial on the north end of pl. Kirova
War memorial on the north end of pl. Kirova
Citizens of Irkutsk in World War II monument
"Citizens of Irkutsk in World War II" monument
Bogoyavlensky Church
Bogoyavlensky Church
18th-century Saviour's Church
18th-century Saviour's Church
Domes of Bogoyavlensky Church
Domes of Bogoyavlensky Church
View across the Angara to Znamensky Monastery
View across the Angara to Znamensky Monastery
Entrance to Znamensky Monastery
Entrance to Znamensky Monastery
Znamensky Monastery
Znamensky Monastery
Back of the monastery church
Back of the monastery church
Icon on the exterior of the monastery church
Icon on the exterior of the monastery church
Statue of Alexander Kolchak at the monastery
Statue of Alexander Kolchak at the monastery
Bell tower and dome of the monastery church
Bell tower and dome of the monastery church
Rather messy riverside by the monastery
Rather messy riverside by the monastery
Local woman walking past the Dom Ofitserov
Local woman walking past the Dom Ofitserov
19th-century architecture on ul. Karla Marksa
19th-century architecture on ul. Karla Marksa
Restored old shop, ul. Karla Marksa
Restored old shop, ul. Karla Marksa
Grand brick facades on ul. Karla Marksa
Grand brick facades on ul. Karla Marksa
19th-century brick building, ul. Karla Marksa
19th-century brick building, ul. Karla Marksa
Turn-of-the-century architecture on Karla Marksa
Turn-of-the-century architecture on Karla Marksa
Restored corner building, ul. Karla Marksa
Restored corner building, ul. Karla Marksa
Fine brick mansion on Karla Marksa
Fine brick mansion on Karla Marksa
Restored facade, ul. Karla Marksa
Restored facade, ul. Karla Marksa
Early 20th-century villa on ul. Lenina
Early 20th-century villa on ul. Lenina
Lenin statue on ul. Lenina
Lenin statue on ul. Lenina
Flower vendor near a modern mall
Flower vendor near a modern mall
Church of the Exaltation of the Cross
Church of the Exaltation of the Cross
Wooden architecture on ul. Timiryazeva
Wooden architecture on ul. Timiryazeva
Pair of wooden houses on ul. Podgornaya
Pair of wooden houses on ul. Podgornaya
Wooden homes, ul. Timiryazeva
Wooden homes, ul. Timiryazeva
Group of simpler homes on ul. Gryaznova
Group of simpler homes on ul. Gryaznova
Subsided house, ul. Timiryazeva
Subsided house, ul. Timiryazeva
Decorative windows and shutters
Decorative windows and shutters
Irkutsk central market
Irkutsk central market
Old Apteka Theatre
Old Apteka Theatre
House with one odd window
House with one odd window
Another sunken old wooden house
Another sunken old wooden house
Colorful windows, ul. Dekabrskikh Sobyty
Colorful windows, ul. Dekabrskikh Sobyty
Unpainted old house, ul. Dekabrskikh Sobyty
Unpainted old house, ul. Dekabrskikh Sobyty
Leaning and subsiding old house
Leaning and subsiding old house
Severely subsided home
Severely subsided home
Restored Decembrist Dom Yevropy
Restored Decembrist "Dom Yevropy"
Another restored house and gate at the site
Another restored house and gate at the site
Front of the restored wooden house
Front of the restored wooden house
Detail on the Dom Yevropy
Detail on the Dom Yevropy
Front door of the Dom Yevropy
Front door of the Dom Yevropy
Hand-carved wooden detail on the house
Hand-carved wooden detail on the house
View above the house entrance
View above the house entrance
Entrance to the house
Entrance to the house
Preobrazheniya Gospodnya Church
Preobrazheniya Gospodnya Church
Decaying old house northeast of the center
Decaying old house northeast of the center
Houses across the Ushakovka River
Houses across the Ushakovka River
Distant view of Kazansky Church
Distant view of Kazansky Church
Kazansky Church
Kazansky Church
Wood houses and Exaltation of the Cross Church
Wood houses and Exaltation of the Cross Church
A chilly morning on the platform, Irkutsk Station
A chilly morning on the platform, Irkutsk Station
Irkutsk Station
Irkutsk Station
No. 32 train for Vladivostok
No. 32 train for Vladivostok