Omsk

Founded in 1716, the secluded city of Omsk is now the second-largest in Western Siberia, located on the banks of the Irtysh and Om rivers. This historic city started out as a fortress on the left bank of the Om River to protect the Russian Empire against attacks from the Southern and Western borders. It has expanded exponentially over time, becoming the capital of Western Siberia and parts of Central Asia by the 1850s. In the late 1890s, the construction of the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway led to its rapid development, culminating in the ever-developing and enticing city it is today.

There are a number of popular attractions to be seen within Omsk’s expansive surroundings, hidden like gems around the city. Its many modest sights are a unique display of the different eras from an intriguing past, highlighting the city’s breadth and cultural distinctiveness. The original fortress site now makes a historical city center, where ancient stone buildings capture alluring memories. There are a multitude of cultural opportunities here with numerous museums, theaters and over 500 festivals, events and concerts are held here annually.

Founded in 1716, the secluded city of Omsk is now the second-largest in Western Siberia, located on the banks of the Irtysh and Om rivers. This historic city started out as a fortress on the left bank of the Om River to protect the Russian Empire against attacks from the Southern and Western borders. It has expanded exponentially over time, becoming the capital of Western Siberia and parts of Central Asia by the 1850s. In the late 1890s, the construction of the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway led to its rapid development, culminating in the ever-developing and enticing city it is today.

There are a number of popular attractions to be seen within Omsk’s expansive surroundings, hidden like gems around the city. Its many modest sights are a unique display of the different eras from an intriguing past, highlighting the city’s breadth and cultural distinctiveness. The original fortress site now makes a historical city center, where ancient stone buildings capture alluring memories. There are a multitude of cultural opportunities here with numerous museums, theaters and over 500 festivals, events and concerts are held here annually.

Experiences

Assumption Cathedral

No visit to Omsk is complete without a trip to the spectacular Assumption Cathedral, considered to be one of Russia’s most curious buildings. The turquoise and gold spheres of its five-domed edifice shine especially bright against an urban backdrop, and the building is a sight of spectacular architectural beauty. Demolished in the Soviet Era, the cathedral was rebuilt after the collapse of the USSR to maintain its prestigious reputation as an iconic monument within the city.

Drama Theatre

Built in the early 20th century, Omsk’s drama theatre is the 4th oldest theater in Russia and one of the most attractive buildings in the city. A beautifully-ornate exterior is matched with breathtaking interiors, featuring intricate designs and lavish finishes throughout. It’s a cultural centerpiece that crowns the district, reflecting the distinctive Russian heritage prominent in this region.

Lyubinsky Avenue

Lyubinsky Avenue is an awe-inspiring ensemble of impressive architecture and styles. An eclectic mix of historic buildings line the street, including merchant salons, residences, commercial buildings and two distinctive chapels, dating back to the late 1800’s. The styles on this symbolic road are dominated by Neoclassical and Art-Nouveau builds, with a collection of rustic wooden houses that date back to the first merchants who settled in Omsk.

Omsk Fortress

A trip to Omsk Fortress takes visitors on a journey back in time to the historic origins of the city. Close to the confluence of the Om and Irtysh rivers, some of the first buildings of the 18th-century fortress stand proud against an ever-developing backdrop. The Omsk Fortress remains the historical heart of the city, where a melange of architectural styles is a visual reminder of inhabitants from eras gone by.

Omsk Museum of Fine Art

Boasting an extensive art collection of over 25,000 items, the Omsk Museum of Fine Art is without a doubt the largest in Siberia and the Far East. Its displays include items of great global significance and rare arts from impressionable Russian, European and Asian artists. Remarkable creations from the famous Carl Faberge can be found here as well as impressive Russian masterpieces from the XVIII to the early XX century.

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