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  • Eva J
    Moscow, Russia2,698 contributions
    I'm not sure why this is the #1 sight in the city. Cute, and quirky, worth a quick photo before moving on.
    Written December 23, 2019
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  • Eva J
    Moscow, Russia2,698 contributions
    One of several churches worth visiting in the city. The outside is very colourful, and the bell tower is tall.
    Written December 23, 2019
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  • Andrew M
    7,160 contributions
    Lyuba is one of the most popular sculptures on Lenin Street. The local saying is that if a visitor wishes to return to Omsk, they should sit with Lyuba for a while. Her story is very sad, as she married a German General and was very happy until she fell ill with tuberculosis (TB). She spent her days warming herself on this bench until she passed away. It may not be a true story, but she remains a popular figure in Omsk.

    The area around the bench has ornamemtal grills in which small trees are planted. There are also a few flower beds behind the sculpture. Other nearby monuments include the Van Gogh and Rutger Hauer, which are a short walk south from Lubya, in front of the Bevitore restaurant and bar.If you continue north on Lenin Street, the photographer monument, and chapel are directly across from the Lenin statue on the opposite side of the street. Another popular sculptures stares intently at Lubya from across the street, Stephan the plumber.
    Written October 10, 2018
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  • Eva J
    Moscow, Russia2,698 contributions
    The whole building really stands out from everything around it. Look for the statue of the firefighter hanging out at the observation deck
    Written December 23, 2019
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  • Richard M
    Lithgow, Australia541 contributions
    Hard to find and overwhelmed by trees but still worthwhile. From the Seraphim Chapel cross the bridge and turn right. I don't know if they ever get direct sunlight so don't expect a good photo.
    Written September 1, 2017
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  • Eva J
    Moscow, Russia2,698 contributions
    There are several of these gates in the area, they are what remains of the Omsk fortress. They've been renovated and look quite new.
    Written December 23, 2019
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  • Eva J
    Moscow, Russia2,698 contributions
    This police officer stands just over the bridge, on Lenin street. His faithful friend is hanging out with him
    Written December 23, 2019
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  • Okarahan
    Krakow, Poland1,356 contributions
    Huge monument of 7 meters diameter with historical scenes around. This square is located next to river. There is walkway not far from the square.
    Written April 27, 2021
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  • Okarahan
    Krakow, Poland1,356 contributions
    This gate is located in Omsk Fortress area, not far from Irtysh Gate, refurbished, looks nice. Location is one of the nicest places in Omsk, so worth visiting.
    Written May 7, 2021
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  • Richard M
    Lithgow, Australia541 contributions
    A subtle reminder of the suffering of the innocents. More than 1 km from centre of the city at a major intersection.
    Written September 2, 2017
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  • Andrew M
    7,160 contributions
    Marshall Georgy Zhukov ranks as one of the most famous Russian military leaders. He was one of the only persons brave enough to stand up to Stalin, with whom he had many disagreements. He lived between 1896-1974, and became famous in 1939 at the Battle of Khalkin Gol in Mongolia, where he defeated the Japanese with modern military tactics using tanks as his main weapon.We had visited a monument to him, and two Zhukov museums in Mongolia, as well as touring his command center at the Khalkin Gol battlefield.

    Two years later he was the Red Army Chief of Staff. He was removed from this post shortly after the invasion of the Soviet Union by Germany. He was recalled by Stalin when Moscow was in danger of falling, and stopped the German army for the first time in WW2, and pushed them away from the city in a counteroffensive. Over the next three years, he was a part of offences against the Germans that resulted in his troops raising the Soviet flag over the Reichstag, which is one of the iconic photos of WW2. He was ill for many periods after the war, and wasn't very active in senior positions.

    His statue is in a park named in his honour on a Street which is also named after him. It was placed here in 1995 to recognise the 50th anniversary of WW2. The entrance area to the monument has the years 1945-1995 in black numbers.. This area may be reached by walking, bus or tram. We had traveled extensively in Siberia, and visited Zhukov statues in Irkutsk and Yekaterinburg. He also has two statues in Moscow, with the one on Red Square being the most visited.We had also visited the house which he grew up in and a museum dedicated to him in the village of Zhukova, which is an hours train ride outside of Moscow.
    Written October 11, 2018
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  • Andrew M
    7,160 contributions
    The St Nicholas cathedral is one of the oldest churches in Omsk. The Military Resurrection Cathedral, built in 1870 is probably the only older structure. The Cathedral was designed by V Stasov, and based on a similar structure in St. Petersburg (the Assumtption Cathedral has a similar story). It was constructed between 1838-1840, from the contributions of cossacks and Omsk citizens. It is also known as the Cossack Cathedral. Three years after it was completed, it was consecrated to St. Nicholas who is the patron saint of cossacks. It received the status of cathedral in 1916.

    It was closed soon after the Red Army took control of Omsk in late 1919. It's bells were removed to be melted down and it's beautiful domes were destroyed. It remained closed for a while, then was used as a warehouse, club, cinema, kindergarten and even a public toilet. In 1960, the local leaders protested when plans were made to destroy it, and it again was spared total destruction. It was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church in 1991 for the celebration of Omsk's 275th anniversary, and the bells were finally replaced. It is an active church today. The front view of the church is probably the most impressive with it's exterior cream coloured with white columns and borders. The bell tower is topped by a green steeple shaped roof with an orthodox cross atop. The impressive green dome, is probably best viewed from the park to the rear of the church.

    There is an interesting story that the banner of Yermak Timofeyevich was housed in the church until 1919 when the white army fled the city. Yermak and his cossack forces, operated in Siberia at the time of Czar Ivan the Terrible in the late 16th century, and established an interest in this region by Russians for the first time. Other nearby attractions are the Peter and Fevronia monument in the small park adjacent to the church, and the Omsk Military Cadets building directly opposite the cathedral. The sculpture of Don Quixote is a short walk north of the cathedral. This area may be reached by trolleybus # 3,4,7 or 12.
    Written October 13, 2018
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  • Andrew M
    7,160 contributions
    Saints Peter and Fevronia were the most popular Saint statues that we saw in Russia. They are seen in many major cities of Russia. We had visited Novosibirsk the previous day and seen a sculpture of them. They represent love and family, and many newly weds wish to take photos with them, or may carry flowers to the monument if their relationship is going through difficult times, or just to give thanks.The monument is located in a small Park to the left of the St, Nicholas Cossack Cathedral.This is a well shaded area, and there are many benches where one can relax.

    The sculpture is mounted on a round base, and depicts the Saints holding hands. There is a circular flower bed surrounding the statue with a path to approach the monument. The flowerbed had beautiful flowers of varying colours. The Saints were cannonized in 1547, and their day in July was celebrated regularly in Russia until the revolution. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, this day has become an eagerly awaited day for families and lovers. This day is the western equivalent of St. Valentines day. Although Valentines day is now celebrated in Russia, this is only the case since the 1990's.

    This area is easily reached by trolleybus # 3,4,7 and 12. Other nearby attractions include the Omsk military school and the Don Quixote sculpture.
    Written October 13, 2018
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  • Okarahan
    Krakow, Poland1,356 contributions
    Nice pedestrian street with interesting sculptures and resting benches. One end of this street is looking towards river. There are several places to have food and drink along the street, close to the other end. It is worth visiting and spending time here while in Omsk.
    Written April 28, 2021
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