16 October 2011

Irkutsk - 1.

Irkutsk. The Historic Memorial Decembrists' Museum.
Irkutsk. Dekabristide majamuuseum.
Иркутск. Дом-музей декабристов.
Postcard, 1979.
My collection.

Irkutsk  is a city and the administrative center of Irkutsk Oblast, Russia; one of the largest cities in Siberia. In the early 19th century, many Russian artists, officers, and nobles were sent into exile to Siberia for their part in the Decembrist revolt against Tsar Nicholas I. Irkutsk became the major centre of intellectual and social life for these exiles, and much of the city's cultural heritage comes from them; many of their wooden houses, adorned with ornate, hand-carved decorations, survive today in stark contrast with the standard Soviet apartment blocks that surround them. --- Wikipedia.

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