Irkutsk

Irkutsk

The Irkutsk area has been a place of exile since Genghis Khan offered it to captives as an alternative to death. Czarist and Bolshevik political exiles from the 18th through the 20th centuries ended up bringing culture and education to Irkutsk after their terms of slave labor ended. A lovely little city, Irkutsk still embraces examples of the old wooden houses with the intricate fretwork and shutters typical of Siberian architecture.

PUBLISHED: July 20, 2013