Top Choice Historic Building in Tobolsk


The centrepiece of the tower-studded, white-walled, 18th-century kremlin is the glorious 1686 St Sofia Cathedral. Less eye-catching from the outside, but with splendid arched ceiling murals, is the Intercession Cath…
Top Choice Museum in Tobolsk

Deputy’s Palace Museum

Tobolsk's best museum, and indeed one of the best museums in Siberia, occupies a beautiful 18th-century former administration on the southwestern edge of the Kremlin. The Romanovs called in here during their brief s…
Top Choice Gallery in Tobolsk

Minsalim Folk Art

Minsalim is a master bone-carver who turns mammoth tusks and antler fragments into detailed figurines related to myths and legends of the local brand of shamanism. With a long mustache and flowing mane, eccentric Mi…
Museum in Tobolsk

Gubernsky Museum

Built in 1887 for the 300th anniversary of the founding of Tobolsk, the Gubernsky Museum has displays on the history of Tobolsk, a hugely impressive and near-complete mammoth skeleton and a display of bone carvings.
Church in Tobolsk

St Sofia Cathedral

The glorious gold- and blue-domed 1686 centrepiece of Tobolsk's kremlin is one of the most inspiring religious buildings in Western Siberia.
Museum in Tobolsk

Castle Prison Museum

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 banish…
Church in Tobolsk

Archangel Mikhail Church

The attractive Archangel Mikhail Church has a colourfully restored interior. The character of Tatiana Larina in Pushkin’s epic Eugene Onegin is said to have been modelled on Natalya Fonvizina, a Decembrist wife who …
Landmark in Tobolsk

Pryamskoy Vzvoz

Wooden stairs lead beneath the kremlin’s Pryamskoy Vzvoz (gatehouse) to the wonderfully dilapidated old town full of weather-beaten churches and angled wooden homes sinking between muddy lanes.
Church in Tobolsk

Intercession Cathedral

Less eye-catching from the outside than neighbouring St Sofia's Cathedral, but with splendid arched ceiling murals, is this 1746 church.
Church in Tobolsk

Zachary & Elisabeth Church

The 1759 Zachary & Elisabeth Church, with its soaring black-tipped spires, is extremely photogenic.