Must see attractions in Altai

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    Regional Museum

    Housed in a wonderfully dilapidated 1912 merchant’s house with original art nouveau fittings, this fine museum is home to standing stone idols,…

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    Geyser Lake

    One of the more unusual sights along the Chusky Trakt is this sublime turquoise blue sulfur lake and geyser. This is no Yellowstone-style geyser erupting…

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    A.V. Anokhin National Museum of Altai

    This well-put-together museum offers a good introduction to Altai culture with a range of ethnographic exhibits, wildlife displays and local art and…

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    Altai Arts, Literature & Culture Museum

    The impressively eclectic – not to mention good-value – Altai Arts, Literature & Culture Museum occupies a restored, furnished 1850s mansion. There are…

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    War History Museum

    In an old brick house, the War History Museum is simple and all in Russian but the moving understatement of its Afghanistan and Chechnya memorials is…

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    Varota Sartikpayev Gorge

    The tourist action in Chemal revolves around this canyon near the confluence of the Katun and Chemal Rivers. Despite power lines and summer crowds, views…

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    Altaysky Tsentr

    From the centre of town walk about 500m south along central ul Pchyolkina, past small Park Pobedy, then turn right toward the river at the signpost to…

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    European Bison Farm

    A herd of two dozen European bison live in a semiwild status as they range across the meadows and forests of this 'farm'. European bison were hunted to…

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    Korbu Waterfall

    From June to September, there are many daily lake trips (R800 per person) to Korbu Waterfall. You have a choice between fast, noisy hydrofoils (four hours…

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    Ioanno Bogoslavski Chapel

    On the northern edge of the Varota Sartikpayev Gorge, a wobbly footbridge leads across a stunning canyon to a craggy island in the Katun River on which is…

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    FSB Headquarters

    The city’s Federal Security Services (FSB) headquarters is worth a peek. The bearded dude in the courtyard is Felix Dzerzhinsky, Cheka (KGB and FSB…

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    War Memorial

    Near the train station in pl Pobedy, the War Memorial consists of a statue of a grieving mother with her lost son, an eternal flame and a very long list…

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    Regional Museum

    Founded in 1823, the reasonably interesting Regional Museum is Siberia’s oldest. Top exhibits include intriguing models of various 18th-century industrial…

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    Pokrovsky Church

    This bulbous-domed brick building is the most appealing of the city’s many churches and has a fine, gilded interior.

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    Svyato-Makarevsky Church

    Completed in 2006, this attractive wooden church boasts a wonderfully photographic backdrop of rolling lush hills.

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    Lenin the Toreador

    This unique Lenin monument sees the revolutionary apparently dressed up as a bullfighter.

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    Assumption Church

    This blue-domed church frequently bustles with activity and is well-worth checking out.

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    City Theatre

    Grand, renovated 1916 theatre with concerts and theatrical performances.