In the surroundings of Irkutsk, there is a unique ethnographic outdoor museum called Taltsy. Its main “exhibits” are old wooden constructions created in the period between the 17th and 20th centuries. They were delivered from nearby villages that were flooded completely when the Irkutsk Hydro Power Station had been built. The museum was restored in 1969 and now is located in a beautiful natural area.
As for architectural monuments of the city, it is worth paying special attention to the House Feinberg. In 1903, this house was built by the famous merchant I. Feinberg who earned good money on gold mines. At the beginning of the 20th century, he was one of the richest residents of the city. The owner never lived in the mansion built upon his order in the eclectic style. He opened here a guesthouse and rent its rooms. Since its construction, this fascinating historic building has been preserved almost in its original form.
The most religious monument in Irkutsk is Kazan Cathedral. It was built in the late 19th century. Its main construction material is red brick. The church facade contrasts sharply with its sky-blue roof decorated with beautiful patterns.