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Krasnoyarsk City

krasnoyarsk – красноярск

The city was founded in 1628. If you are driving from Moscow to Vladivostok upon arriving to Krasnoyarsk you are approximately half way to your destination. It is advisable to take a rest and to stay one full day in the city. It gives you a chance to explore not only Krasnoyarsk but to stretch muscles in the scenic Stolby Nature Reserve located in the forested hills surrounding the city.

The central Krasnoyarsk.

The Krasnoyarsk ballet and opera theatre.


Wartime kids.

Peacetime teens.

The famous Russian playwright Anton Chekhov.


For a panoramic view of the city, drive by Stepan Razin street to the top of Karaulnaya Hill marked by a little chapel. The chapel is the symbol of Krasnoyarsk which features on the Russian ten-ruble banknote.


Next to the chapel is a cannon, that fires a single-shot salute at 12:00 a.m. sharp to remind the citizens that lunch time is near at hand.



The ten-ruble banknote also depicts the bridge across the Yenisei River.

The court of law.

The WWII memorial.

A museum.

Gay stairs.



The Yenisei River divides Krasnoyarsk into two parts. A pleasant stroll and a boat trip can be taken during the day.



stolby – столбы

The respite in driving gives an opportunity to explore a prominent natural site - the Stolby located right in the southern outskirts of the city. Stolby - Pillars in English - are peculiar rock formations towering amid taiga. A long walk through forest and climbing a couple of Pillars will energize a traveler to withstand the challenges of a still long road to the Sea of Japan that he is to hit after leaving Krasnoyarsk.

Rodney Russ (right) of Heritage Expeditions and his friends enjoy their day trip to Stolby.


shushenskoe – шушенское

The Saint Nicholas steamer on display in Krasnoyarsk. The boat was launched in 1887 and was in service until 1960. In 1891 prince Nicholas (later the last Russian tsar Nicholas II) traveled by this boat. Six years after in 1897 a young revolutionary Vladimir Lenin sailed by the same steamer to the place of his exile to the village of Shushenskoe.


Shushenskoe was the place of exile of Vladimir Lenin. He stayed here in the then remote village under police supervision for three years in 1897-1900 plotting revolutionary transformation of Russia and the entire world. A museum dedicated to Lenin`s exile was opened here in 1970, which also exhibits the lifestyle of a Siberian village in the late 19th century. Entry used to be only by groups under a guide's supervision. Since June 1, 2021 individuals are allowed in without supervision.

The entry sign: Memorial Museum of Lenin's Siberian Exile.


The house where Lenin stayed in May 1897 - July 1898 before his fiancée Nadezhda joined him.

The house where Lenin stayed in July 1898 - January 1900 with his wife Nadezhda and Nadezhda's mother.


In 1898 Lenin in spite of being atheist was married in the nearby Peter & Paul church. The religious wedlock was the condition on which his fiancée was allowed to join him in the exile. In 2014 the church was open both for tourists and believers.

In 2021 I found it decommissioned ...

... and a new one operational 300 meters away.


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