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Krasnoyarsk is one of the great cities of Siberia with over one million inhabitants. It is beautifully situated on the Yenisei River, which forms the border between Eastern Siberia and Western Siberia, and its central location makes the city an important site on the Trans-Siberian Railway between Moscow and Vladivostok.

The city was founded in 1628 by a group led by Andrei Dubensky, who established a fort in defense of tribes in what was then the border area of ​​the time. The city began to grow faster with the establishment of a road connection to it in the 1730s and later as an important railway hub.

There are many things to see in Krasnoyarsk today. You can see everything from the typical wooden houses of earlier times to modern buildings. Here are also a number of beautiful churches, exciting museums and impressive squares and buildings, most of which have a grandiose Soviet-era feel.

The surroundings of Krasnoyarsk are characterized by beautiful taiga and the nature around Yenisei. You can sail on the Yenisei and experience the great river from the water, and nature starts almost just outside the city limits. Stolby Nature Reserve is a must, and not far from here you can see Krasnoyarsk's famous hydroelectric power plant.

Other attractions

Museum Ship St Nicholas, Krasnoyarsk

  • Museum Ship St Nicholas/Пароход-музей Святитель Николай: In the center of Krasnoyarsk you can see the museum ship St Nicholas. It is located on land on the banks of the river Yenisei. The ship was built in Tyumen in 1886 for the transport of goods and passengers by river. It was once Yenisei's fastest ship, and it sailed between Krasnoyarsk and Yeniseisk and on other routes. In 1891, the future Tsar Nikolai II sailed with the ship, and later Lenin was a passenger on board.
  • Church of the Transfiguration/Церковь Преображения Господня: In 1911, the local architect, Vladimir Sokolovsky, designed this church, which was built as a Catholic parish church. The church was closed in 1936, and was instead used as a radio and television studio. A concert hall was set up in the church in 1982, and since 1993 the church has again been a church and at the same time the site of the regional philharmonic orchestra.

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Krasnoyarsk

  • Holy Trinity Cathedral/Свято-Троицкий Собор: In 1831, a group of citizens applied to build a church with an associated cemetery on this site. The plan was approved, and the church was inaugurated in 1836 and again in 1848, when the church's warm winter chapel was completed. The adjoining cemetery was taken into use in 1843. The architecture is a classicist-inspired exterior with that beautiful interior.
  • Church of the Nativity/Храм Рождества Христова: This church is located in the populous Kirov district south of Yenisei. A church here was first proposed in 1989, and as all the town's churches were relatively small, the archbishop proposed a 100 meter/328 foot high church with room for 5,000 people. The project was scaled down to 46 meters/150 feet in height and with capacity for 1,000 visitors. The impressive church stands as a modern version of old Russian churches in Byzantine style. The church was consecrated in 2012 by the Patriarch of Moscow.

Pushkin Drama Theater, Krasnoyarsk

  • Pushkin Drama Theater/Драматический театр им. А. С. Пушкина: A theater troupe visited Krasnoyarsk in 1852, and they performed an increasingly amount of plays in the city. This led to the founding of the city's drama theater in 1873, when the city government constructed a wooden theater building. It burned in 1898 and again in 1930 after a reconstruction. The current theater is from the 1950s, and there is ample opportunity to see performances in the theatre's varied repertoire.
  • Krasnoyarsk Railway Bridge/Красноярский железнодорожный мост: The railway bridge over the river Yenisei is the place where the Trans-Siberian Railway runs between Western Siberia to Eastern Siberia. The first single-track bridge was built in 1896-1899, and it was supplemented by a new bridge in the 1930s, when the existing track was turned into a double-track railway. In the 1990s, a third bridge was built, and then the first one was demolished. The length of the bridges is about 1 km/0.6 miles each, and they are nicely seen from both the train and from the banks of the Yenisei in central Krasnoyarsk.

Annunciation Church, Krasnoyarsk

  • Annunciation Church/Благовещенская церковь: This church is a beautiful example of early 19th century church architecture. Construction began in 1804, and in 1808 the lower winter church was completed. Four years later, the upper summer church could be opened; however, construction continued until the 1820s. In Soviet times, the church was used as a fur warehouse, until a fine restoration was carried out in 1983.
  • House of the Roman Catholic Priest/Дом ксендза: The House of the Priest is a beautiful wooden house, built in 1911 as a parsonage for the contemporary neighboring building; the Catholic Church of the congregation. Today, the house is open as a music school.

Krasnoyarsk Railway Station

  • Krasnoyarsk Railway Station/вокзал Красноярск-Пассажирский: In the Siberian cities along the Trans-Siberian Railway, the railway stations are always important hubs, and the same is true in Krasnoyarsk. The railway station is located 4,098 kilometers/2,546 miles from Moscow and thus less than halfway to the terminus in Vladivostok. The first train arrived in the city in 1895. The impressive railway station building that can be seen today was built in 1961.
  • Krasnoyarsk Town Hall/Администрация города Красноярска: The town hall building in Krasnoyarsk is one of the city's major institutional buildings. It is the town hall bell tower that is particularly well known and stands as one of the city's landmarks. It was inaugurated in 2001 and is also called the Big Ben of Krasnoyarsk / Красноярский Биг-Бен after the famous tower in London. Before Krasnoyarsk, only Moscow had an actual bell tower among Russian cities.

State Opera and Ballet Theater, Krasnoyarsk

  • State Opera and Ballet Theater/государственный театр оперы и балета: Already from 1897 you have been able to enjoy operas in Krasnoyarsk. At that time it was in the city's theater, and an actual opera troupe took shape from 1924. The opera and ballet in the city got their own stage with the current opera house, which was inaugurated in 1978.
  • The Red Square/Красная площадь: The Red Square in Krasnoyarsk is a fine city space located as the western end of Karl Marx Street. In the middle of the square you can see a 27 meter/88 foot high monument erected in 1977 in memory of those who fell during battles in the city in 1919-1920. On January 7, 1920, 75 men fell here in the square in struggles for the establishment of the Soviet rule, and there is a mass grave for them as part of the square layout.

Paraskeva Friday Chapel, Krasnoyarsk

  • Paraskeva Friday Chapel/Часовня Параскевы Пятницы: In this place, high above Krasnoyarsk, a watchtower was originally built. In 1805 a wooden chapel was constructed on the same site. In 1852-1855, the elegant stone chapel was built, as can be seen today. The place is one of the best vantage points in Krasnoyarsk and you have a panoramic view of the central part of the city from here. It was also here that the Russian painter V.I. Surikov often worked on his sketches.
  • Church of Saint Nicholas/Храм святителя Николая Чудотворца: This is a small church, built in 1902-1907 as part of the complex at Krasnoyarsk Central City Hospital. From the 1930s to the 1970s, the church was rebuilt several times, while a partial restoration took place in the mid-1990s.
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Krasnoyarsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia

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Revolution Square, Krasnoyarsk

  • Revolution Square/Площадь Революции: Tsar Nicholas I approved a development plan for Krasnoyarsk in 1828, and with it the city center was moved westwards. On the city's old border, this square was laid out as the city's new center. According to the plan with major constructions around it and the city cathedral as the centerpiece; it was built 1845-1861. During the Soviet Union, the square was markedly redesigned. The cathedral was blown up in 1936 and replaced by the Regional Supreme Soviet, which was completed in 1956. It is today the Krasnoyarsk Regional Administration Building/Арминистрация Красноярского края. The Soviet railways and Aeroflot moved into large buildings around the square, and the Universal Scientific State Library/Государственная универсальная научная библиотека is also located here. The city's statue of Lenin was erected in 1970 as the dominant monument of the square.

Cathedral of the Intercession, Krasnoyarsk

  • Cathedral of the Intercession/Покровский Кафедральный Собор: This is Krasnoyarsk's most beautiful church and the oldest preserved stone building in the city. The cathedral stands as a beautiful 18th century monument in Siberian Baroque architecture. The church's forerunners were made of wood, and the last of them burned in 1773, and then the present church was built with consecration in 1795. The exterior of the church is beautiful and detailed, and the interior of the church is both beautiful and very atmospheric.
  • Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum/Красноярский краевой краеведческий музей: At this museum you can see different aspects of the history of the Krasnoyarsk area through archeological finds, sacred art and natural history. The museum has a number of branches in addition to the headquarters in Krasnoyarsk. The museum building is one of the city's more characteristic. It was built in Egyptian style in the years 1914-1929, and after a restoration in 2013, the facade stands as original at the opening.

Krasnoyarsk Art Museum Surikov

  • Krasnoyarsk Art Museum named after V.I. Surikov/Красноярский художественный музей IM В.И. Сурикова: This art museum is Krasnoyarsk's leader, and here you can see many beautiful works of art from not least Russian artists. The museum's see worthy administration building is located on ul. Parizhskoj Kommuny 20/ул. Парижской коммуны 20, where you can also see Russian art from the 1700s-1900s. On Prospect Mira 12/просп. Мира 12 you can see art from the 20th century today.
  • The White Horse Sculpture Group/Скульптурная композиция Лошадь белая: The White Horse is a symbolic sculpture group that was revealed in 2006. The horse represents the Russian pioneers in Siberia at the time when Andrei Dubensky stopped his horse just here to explore the area. Dubensky found the place right and founded Krasnoyarsk. The statue of the horse was made by Aleksandr Artemov. Not far from here you can also see a monument to Andrei Dubensky.

Mira Square, Krasnoyarsk

  • Peace Square/Площадь Мира: This square is located in the eastern part of the center at the place where Krasnoyarsk was founded. You can see several large buildings here; eg the Museum Center Ploshad Mira/Музейный центр Площадь Мира (Pl. Mira 1 / пл. Мира 1), which was built in the Soviet Union as the city's Lenin Museum, and the Krasnoyarsk Regional Philharmonic/Красноярская краевая филармония (Pl. Mira 2B/пл. Мира 2Б). At the entrance to the square from the northwest you can see an arch that was erected at the place where a tower from the city's original fort once stood. You can also see a monument to Nikolai Rezanov, who died in Krasnoyarsk in 1807. He was a nobleman and heavily involved in plans for Russian colonization of Alaska and California.
  • Central Park/Центральный парк: Krasnoyarsk Central Park is a large recreational area that is a beautiful and popular place for the citizens of the city. The park was founded in 1828 as a city park at the Summer Palace of the Governor of Yenisei Province. The place was a forest with pine trees, and there are still remnants of it, while you can also enjoy various rides and see monuments of i.a. Pushkin and Maksim Gorky. There is also a children's railway in the park.

Surikov Museum, Krasnoyarsk

  • V.I. Surikov Museum/Музей-усадьба В. И. Сурикова: The artist Vasily Surikov's beautiful wooden house is located in the middle of Krasnoyarsk. Since 1948, it has been open as a museum. The house from the 1830s is typical of the town houses of the time in Siberia and is thus interesting in itself. It was here that Surikov was born in 1848, and he lived here for part of the years before moving to the capital St. Petersburg in 1868. Today you can see Surikov's home and some of his works at the museum.
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Yenisei River Cruise, Krasnoyarsk Russia

  • Yenisei River Cruise/Енисейский Дивногорский паром: Krasnoyarsk is located on the river Yenisei, which is the largest river in Russia by discharge. The river flows from south to north and empties into the Arctic Ocean. It is used for river transport to many cities along the banks of the river and for freight transport between Krasnoyarsk and the ocean port of Dudinka near the Arctic Ocean. From the center of Krasnoyarsk you can sail on the river, and it is easiest with the scheduled boat to Divnogorsk.

Stolby Nature Reserve, Krasnoyarsk Russia

  • Stolby Nature Reserve/заповедник Столбы: Close to Krasnoyarsk you can visit the magnificent nature of Siberia in this nature reserve. The area is easily accessible and characterized by a hilly and wooded terrain interrupted by beautiful rock formations. There are hiking trails in the area, which is part of the East Siberian taiga, and you can enjoy the experience of many beautiful plants, views and perhaps some of the reserve's wildlife.
  • Divnogorsk/Дивногорск: Divnogorsk is a city along the Yenisei, which was founded in connection with the construction of the Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric Power Station close to the city. There are about 30,000 people living in the city from which you can enjoy the view of Yenisei. Shortly before Divnogorsk from Krasnoyarsk, you can also stop in the town of Ovshanka/Овсянка, where there is a memorial museum for the author Viktor Astafyev, who was born here.

Krasnoyarsk Dam Hydroelectric Power Station, Russia

  • Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric Power Station/Красноярская ГЭС: The huge volumes of water from the Yenisei River provide energy to Krasnoyarsk from the power plant located southwest of the city. You can easily take a trip to the power plant, and the road to it is very beautiful with mountains and hills, turns in the mighty river, birch and pine forests and incomparable viewpoints. The power plant was built in 1956-1972 and operates on a 124 meter / 407 foot high dam that has created the Krasnoyarsk Reservoir/Красноярское водохранилище. At the dam, you can e.g. see a ship hoist that allows passages of the dam.
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  • Kvant/Квант, ul. Krasnoj Armii 10/ул. Красной Армии 10,
  • Planeta/Планета, ul. 9 Maja 77/ул. 9 Мая 77,
  • TsUM/ЦУМ, ul. Karla Marksa 102/ул. Карла Маркса 102
  • Shopping streets: Prospekt Mira/просп. Мира
  • Market: Centralmarkedet/Центральный рынок, Katjinskaja ul. 64/Качинская ул. 64
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  • Various amusements: Tsentralnyj park/Центральный парк, ul. Karla Marksa 151/ул. Карла Маркса 151,
  • Animal park, flowers and amusements: Park Flory i Fauny Roev Rutjej/Парк флоры и фауны Роев Ручей, Sverdlovskaja ul. 293/Свердловская ул. 293,
  • Play land: Razvlekatelnyj tsentr/Развлекательный центр, Planeta/Планета, ul. 9 Maja 77/ул. 9 Мая 77,
  • Science and experiments: Newton Park/Ньютон Парк, Prospekt Mira 1/просп. Мира 1,
  • Nature: Zapovednik Stolby/заповедник Столбы, Karernaja ul./Карьерная ул.,
  • Playgrounds: Tsentralnyj Park/Центральный парк, ul. Karla Marksa 151/ул. Карла Маркса 151,
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