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Church Exaltation Holy Cross God Irkutsk

Church Exaltation Holy Cross God Irkutsk

Angara River Embankment

Russian Traditional Windows

Russian Traditional Windows

Angara River Embankment

130-th Quarter historical area in Irkutsk

130-th Quarter historical area in Irkutsk

130-th Quarter historical area in Irkutsk

130-th Quarter historical area in Irkutsk

130-th Quarter historical area in Irkutsk

130-th Quarter historical area in Irkutsk

Church Exaltation Holy Cross God Irkutsk
The Moscow Gates
Monument to Alexander III
Monument to Alexander III
Monument to Jacob Pokhabov in Irkutsk
Monument to Jacob Pokhabov in Irkutsk
Rainbow over Irkutsk
Church Exaltation Holy Cross God
View of Irkutsk town
The Epiphany Cathedral and the monument to the founders of Irkutsk in the spring
Angara River Embankment
Russian Traditional Windows
Church Exaltation Holy Cross God Irkutsk
Church Exaltation Holy Cross God Irkutsk
Angara River Embankment
Russian Traditional Windows
Russian Traditional Windows
Angara River Embankment
130-th Quarter historical area in Irkutsk
130-th Quarter historical area in Irkutsk
130-th Quarter historical area in Irkutsk
130-th Quarter historical area in Irkutsk
130-th Quarter historical area in Irkutsk
130-th Quarter historical area in Irkutsk

Irkutsk Сity Walking Tour with the Church of the Exaltation of the Cross (3 hours)

Irkutsk city tour is the best choice for those who have little time to get acquainted with it. In 3 hours, you will visit most significant places of Irkutsk including its numerous churches and cathedrals, the historical center and the embankment of the Angara River. On the tour, you’ll walk in the historical center of Irkutsk, see ancient wooden buildings and beautiful merchant houses. The tour also includes a walk along the embankment of the Angara River, the city’s public recreational area, to the monument to Alexander III. The monument was erected in 1908 in honor of completed construction of the Siberian Railway, as well as a visit to The Holy Cross Church - one of the oldest Irkutsk’s Orthodox temples, a distinctive landmark of Siberian Baroque.

Meet your guide in the city centre to start your journey around the city's most memorable and important places.

Begin at the historical centre of Irkutsk on the Angara coast. The history of the city began on Kirov Square. Nearby, see the Savior Church, which is considered the oldest stone building in all of Eastern Siberia. Visit the Epiphany Cathedral, a Roman Catholic church. Explore the Znamensky Monastery and the illustrious collection of icons at the Holy Cross Church. Walk along the main street of the city, Karl Marx Street, to the Angara River. There is the Irkutsk Drama Theater, the Irkutsk Regional Museum, and many other buildings built in the early 20th century. Proceed to the central embankment of Irkutsk at Angara River, which is a favourite place for walks and mass celebrations. Away from the embankment, visit an interesting historic district, the buildings of which appeared in the early 18th century. Due to a large number of wooden buildings, this area has formed a special historical zone of the city. Explore the heart of the blacksmith and pottery workshops and souvenir shops.

Besides, you will visit the Church of the Exaltation of the Cross (Holy Cross Church), one of the highest points of the city offering a wonderful panoramic view.

The Holy Cross Church is one of the oldest Irkutsk’s Orthodox temples, a distinctive landmark of Siberian Baroque. The first two-story church was built in 1719 upon the Krestovaya Mountain. It was blessed by Metropolitan Filofei (Leshinsky). The construction of a stone church started in May 1747. The works were finished by the end of 1760. The church is famous for its unique exterior design. The facades are decorated with a rich ornament. Simple geometric objects and floral comply a complex design. Based on the decor, you can see the influence of local folk art. The Holy Cross Church is the only church in Siberia with XVII century’s interiors.

Tour concludes in the city centre. The guide will gladly advise you on a nice place for lunch or will help you get a taxi back to hotel.

Type: Private Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Departure time: 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM

Important info

Price includes
  • Professional English-speaking guide assistance. Other languages upon request (additional charge may apply)
  • Entrance fee to the Church of the Exaltation of the Cross
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
Not included
  • Hotel pick and drop off
  • Any entrance fees
  • Transport
  • Food / Drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Departure and Return

Departure point and return point: city centre (to be communicated to you after booking)

Departure time: flexible, contact us to confirm your preferred start time

Sights included in program

Irkutsk : 130 Kvartal
Transport yourself back in time and take a stroll along 130 Kvartal, a restoration project of traditional Siberian wooden houses of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, some transported from other locations, some constructed to blend in with original structures in the area. Read more
Current place the Lower Embankment has been used since the founding of Irkutsk. On the spot where now a mound and viewing platform, was a dock for privatewire ships and boats, which led to the carriageway of the Spasskaya tower of the Kremlin, Irkutsk. Along the shore of the Angara was formed meadows and the road to Znamensky monastery. Gradually (with the increase in the settlement) of the free territory was built up with blocks. On the Lower Pr... Read more
Irkutsk's Exaltation of the Cross Church was built between 1747 and 1760 and is one of the most striking examples of the architectural style known as Siberian baroque, characterised by the bright decorations on the church's façade. The church is also unique for Siberian churches in the fact that its original 19th century interior has been preserved. Read more
A true adornment of Irkutsk is the Epiphany Cathedral. This church looks quite unusually. It is colorful and ornate and does not resemble classic orthodox churches. The matter concerns its decoration: the church’s façade and its tholobate are decorated with pictures of the saints in whole-length. Besides, the church is fancy decorated with ornamented tiles, and brightly painted like Russian popular prints. The influence of old-Russia... Read more
Irkutsk's monument to Emperor Alexander III was erected in 1908 to commemorate the emperor's decision to build the Trans-Siberian Railway. Read more
The monument to the founders of Irkutsk was unveiled on September 14, 2011. This was the date of the celebration of the city’s 350 years anniversary. The monument is located on the banks of the River Angara, near the Cathedral of the Epiphany. It is a collective representation of the Cossacks, pioneers of Siberia. On the pedestal one can read “To the founders of Irkutsk, from the citizens”. This 6 meters high statue was casted i... Read more
Irkutsk : Moscow Gates
Standing on Irkutsk's lower embankment of the Angara is a triumphal arch which is known as the Moskovskie or Moscow Gates as it marks the entrance to the city if coming from the European part of Russia.  Read more
Baikal : Irkutsk
An unique old city, Irkutsk was known as «Paris of Siberia» in the middle of the 19th century. It plays a remarkable role in the Russian history and it's not accidentally called the city-museum. Irkutsk saves many ancient monuments, romantic look, church cupola's lighting upon the blue current of Angara River. This incredible city is called the midst of the Earth, since it's equidistant from the three world's oceans: the Arctic, the P... Read more
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1 person - US$ 126 (US$ 126 per person)
2 person - US$ 130 (US$ 65 per person)
3 person - US$ 135 (US$ 45 per person)
4 person - US$ 164 (US$ 41 per person)
5 person - US$ 175 (US$ 35 per person)
6 person - US$ 180 (US$ 30 per person)
Price for persons: 1 - 6

Our flexible payment options allow you to pay 20% of a deposit first and the remaining 80% in 14 days prior to your tour date - payment can be done both online or over the phone. This gives you the peace of mind knowing your spaces are booked on the tours and that you do not miss out on making the most of your time in Russia.

Also you get the best, top-rated and most experienced and knowledgeable hand-picked tour guide appointed on a priority basis.
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the best tour guides only. Multilingual and well travelled, each possesses deep insight into the diverse attractions and cultural patterns throughout the region. With us guides undergo a rigorous selection process, achieving outstanding knowledge of local culture and language. Rest assured that the best tour guides only will be working on the tours to give you excellent opportunity to explore the best of the sights during both short and long-term stay in Russia.

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