Welcome to Irkutsk! It's is one of the largest cities in Siberia. Irkutsk is situated on a taiga, which is typical of Eastern Siberia.
Much of the city's cultural heritage comes from the early 19th century, when many Russian artists, officers, and nobles were sent into exile to Siberia for their part in the Decembrist revolt against Tsar Nicholas I. The city became the center of intellectual and social life for these exiles, and some interesting architectural differences may be noted; many of their wooden houses, adorned with ornate, hand-carved decorations, survive today in stark contrast with the standard Soviet apartment blocks that surround them.
Also known as "The Paris of Siberia".