Still, Tobolsk’s appeal for travelers remains strong today, with the fortress-like Kremlin being the must-see attraction for the modest amount of travelers that make it this way. The town also boasts a number of worthwhile museums, a cathedral and various historical monuments depicting the long and fascinating history of the region.
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Also known as Tyuremny Zamok, this museum offers a poignant insight into the hardships that prisoners faced during their time spent in this notorious prison. Captives were held here during Tsarist and Soviet times, with many exiles imprisoned here before being sent on to Moscow or other major Russian cities.
Known to be the finest museum in town, Deputy’s Palace Museum is set in a wonderfully restored 18th century building next to the Kremlin. Inside, there’s an excellent array of exhibits depicting the modern and ancient history of Tobolsk, as well as the surrounding Siberian region.
Perched atop a hill overlooking the town, the iconic Tobolsk Kremlin remains the town’s star attraction, both in appearance and historical significance. Erected at the end of the 16th century, the main Cathedral building has been subject to continuous restoration work and its bright white walls and grey-gold turrets still shine today.
This modest structure sits in the town center, and was designed by the Russian architect Alexander Brullov in 1839. The monument commemorates Yermak Timofeyevich who led the Russian conquest of Siberia during the reign of Ivan the Terrible.
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