Sights

The wooden architecture of Tomsk is recognized by experts as a unique worldwide cultural and historical phenomenon. There are about 1,800 wooden houses in the historical district of the city. In addition to the architectural monuments, there are plenty of interesting sights in Tomsk and its suburbs associated with the history, culture, and natural surroundings of the region.

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The sights of the Tomsk also include the University Park in which or adjacent to which is a series of buildings of TSU and the Siberian State Medical University, as well as some research institutes. It was established in 1885 during the construction of the main building of Tomsk State University (Imperial Tomsk University at that time). On the territory were planted either softwood trees, such as spruce, fir, pine, and others such as cherry, elderberry, viburnum, etc. Later, we see the plantation of trees imported from Europe, North America and the Far East: the elm, English oak, small-leaved lime, and Saskatoon. Just after entering through the main gate, there is an open space for lawns, flower beds, paths and trails in the park. The central walkway leads to the main building of Tomsk State University. The Stone Women stand here, rocks created in the first millennium BC in the mountains and steppes of the Altai-Sayan region and Kazakhstan and brought to Tomsk by the first scientific expeditions from Tomsk State University, more than a hundred years ago. The Park is separated from Lenin Avenue by a stone wall and railings, along which runs a row of trees, forming a boulevard.

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In Tomsk there are a large number of monuments, some of which are quite surprising and unusual. One of them, the Monument to Happiness by the sculptor Leontiy Usov, is located on Shevchenko Street. If you press a coin against it, he’ll say some phrase from the cartoon Once Upon A Time There Was A Dog. A number of original monuments were created by Tomsk sculptor Oleg Kislitsky: the monument to an electrician near the Gorelectroset building, the Cabbage Monument at Hospital Number 1, and the Monument of Slippers at the entrance to Hotel Tomsk.

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