Tomsk Oblast

Tomsk  – томск

Founded in 1604 Tomsk is one of the most enjoyable cities in Siberia. It is located just 280 km north from Novosibirsk but is much more attractive in terms of history and tourist appeal.

The Resurrection Hill is the place where Tomsk was originally started. The spot is marked with a memorial stone.

The wooden lookout tower houses a museum.

Views from the top of the lookout tower.

Tomsk's greatest attraction is preserved wooden-lace architecture.

In the city center.

The 1784 Epiphany Cathedral.

Tomsk is a university city and has half a dozen major academic establishments.

The famous Russian writer and playwright Anton Chekhov stayed in Tomsk during his 1890 trip to Sakhalin. Due to several mishaps occurred in Tomsk Chekhov described it in his diary as a boring city with dull people. Therefore, Chekhov is presented in a caricature bronze statue. The inscription on the bottom part of the monument says, “Anton Chekhov through the eyes of a drunk lying in a ditch who has never read his stories”.