Castle Prison Museum

Western Siberia

At the eerie 1855 Tyuremny Zamok you can get a sense of the grim life behind bars in both Tsarist and Soviet times. The Tsarist exiles were temporarily incarcerated here awaiting a final destination for their banishment. Today various mannequins stoically await their fate.

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