Transfiguration Cathedral

Western Siberia

Dating from 1792, this large and elegant cathedral sits below the fortress and is worth a peak for its impressive icons and frescos.

Nearby Western Siberia attractions

1. Kuznetsk Fortress


The restored stone ramparts of the Kuznetsk Fortress are massive and topped with cannons, but represent only 20% of their 1810 extent. Kids ride ponies…

2. Park Gagarina

2.69 MILES

If you only have a couple of hours to kill, take a stroll though this oasis of green just north of the train station. It contains a bust of a jolly…

3. Statue of Vladimir Mayakovsky


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4. Metallurgists’ Garden

2.75 MILES

This pleasant garden is guarded by two splendidly reverential statues of Soviet-era metalworkers.

6. Former Soviet Builders Club

2.79 MILES

Guarded by two statues of Soviet workers, wielding a hammer and a plasterer’s board, the one-time cement workers’ club is now used as a cultural centre.

7. Lenin & Gorky Statue

2.85 MILES

An apparently coal-caked Lenin and Maxim Gorky (founder of socialist realism) discuss – or plot? – something or other, next to the main post office at pr…