The capital of eastern Siberia, Irkutsk is also known as the Paris of Siberia. This is somewhat more credible with Paris halfway around the world. The Decembrists, revolutionary nobles who were banished here in 1825, brought culture and European refinements with them.
|Irkutsk Town Hall
|Town Hall from the Back
In the background are a bunch of goose-stepping schoolgirls with bayonets. They guard the eternal flame. I took this picture from a safe distance.
|Russian Orthodox Church
This normal-looking building is actually abnormal for Irkutsk. Poles, as citizens of the Russian Empire, were just as eligible for banishment to Siberia as anyone else. Nowadays, this church is home to many organ recitals.
|View from the Park
The Park is the high point of Irkutsk, with panoramic views of the City and the power station.
If there's one thing you find a lot of in Siberia, it's wood. These are the original houses of Irkutsk, which form a downtown preservation area.
The ornaments around the windows are unique for each house.
|Sunset over the Angara
Taken from my hotel window, without a tripod. Interesting, nonetheless. Notice that the sunset is much more colorful on the side of the smoke from the power station.