5 architectural attractions in Tomsk

Traditional wooden house in Tomsk

Traditional wooden house in Tomsk ©Adam Jones, Ph.D. – Global Photo Archive/Flick

One of the most visited historical and architectural monuments of the city of Tomsk is the Atashev Palace. It was built in 1821. The residents of the region known the building it as the Tashev Palace. On the Krasnoarmeyskaya Street, at number 71 in city center of Tomsk is a wooden mansion built in German style, called the Russian-German House.

You can also visit two interesting houses in the historic center of the city of Tomsk, the Dragon House and the Peacock House. In the center of Tomsk you will find the Resurrection Hill where once was the fort named after the city, but that unfortunately cannot be seen today.

 

The city of Tomsk at the beginning of the 20th century

The city of Tomsk at the beginning of the 20th century ©paukrus/Flick

The Atashev Palace

The Atashev Palace is one of the architectural tourist attractions in Tomsk. Today it hosts the Tomsk Regional Museum. You can find it on the Prospekt Lenina street, in the market with the same name, at number 75.

Inside the two-story building you can enjoy the luxurious rooms that were built to serve the Tsar who resided here and on the second floor you can visit the museum. Here you will find many works of art by Russian artists, an impressive numismatic collection, fashion accessories and many old photographs and documents certifying the authenticity of the city of Tomsk.

The Russian-German House

The Russian-German House in Tomsk is the meeting place of the German people in the region. This is an impressive villa decorated with rich wood carvings, built on the initiative of Germany according to the plans of the Russian architect Golavonov in 1980 and since than has been restored for several times. Nowadays here are a few social clubs and Russian and German organizations are are held German courses for children and adults. There is also a sports center for children, a theater hall and a few workshops.

Traditional wooden house in Tomsk

Traditional wooden house in Tomsk ©Adam Jones, Ph.D. – Global Photo Archive/Flick

The Dragon House

In the center of Tomsk, on the Krasnoarmeyskaya street, at number 68, tourists will find an other architectural tourist attraction, the Dragon House. It dates from 1640 and was designed by architect B. Orzheshko in Renaissance style.

The Peacock House

The Peacock House lies in the historic center of Tomsk, on the Krasnoarmeyskaya street, at number 67A. This is a landmark for tourists visiting this city, but also a meeting point for the residents of the city. The Peacock House is a wooden building built in the nineteenth century by architect Carlo Rossi. In 2004 it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The building can be visited only once a year, when the city is celebrating the Museum Night, when the entry is free.

The Resurrection Hill in Tomsk

On the Resurrection Hill you can no longer see the Fortress of Tomsk, the first fort of its kind in the city, but in the honor of the 400 years foundation anniversary of the city the municipality built a wooden gate at the former entrance of the fort and they rebuilt the watchtower of Tomsk.

Around the old fortress you can see seven churches, most of them built in the same century than the town was founded. The religious monuments that can be visited on Resurrection Hill are the Voznesenskaya Church, the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Church of Believers, the Church of our Savior Jesus Christ and the Church of Resurrection.

Church in old Tomsk

Church in old Tomsk ©paukrus/Flick

 

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