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|