Thursday, June 21, 2012

Irkutsk - Quite a Mix

The best way to describe Irkutsk, a Siberian city about 50 km from Lake Baikal, is that it is eclectic.  It is a mix of old and new and a mix of traditional Russian and European.  It is easy to spot all of the different influences that have shaped Irkutsk over the last 150 years.

A traditional wooden house in Irkutsk
A Soviet housing block
Trubetskoy Manor, the home of a Decembrist exiled to Siberia for revolting against the monarchy
Old and new cars side by side in Irkutsk
European-style buildings in Irkutsk

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