Tobolsk is a real Siberian city that was founded by Cossacks in 1585 as they advanced East across Russia. It was the seat of the “Viceroy of Siberia” and prospered on trade with China and Central Asia. Tobolsk’s relative decline came about from being by passed by the Trans-Siberian but in many respects this gives the city much of its old world charm today. For the traveller the city has some stunning churches and interesting stories to tell and, of course, the satisfaction of getting well off the beaten track.
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Rarely visited due to being off the main Trans-Siberian line, Tobolsk is worth the time for those taking a more leisurely trip across Russia.
TOBOLSK TRAVEL TIP
Tobolsk can be visited as an interesting overnight train trip from Ekaterinburg.
HIGHLIGHTS OF TOBOLSK
Bell Tower – Built to house the famous Uglich Bell rung to signal an uprising against Tsar Boris Godunov. The revolt failed and the bell was flogged and banished to Tobolsk in revenge!
Museum of the Spiritual Cultures of Western Siberia – Good introduction to this vast area of Russia.
Archangel Mikhail Church – Beautiful and recently restored interior.
Kremlin – Impressive walls and contains the lovely St Sofia Cathedral with its newly gilded dome.
Zachary & Elisabeth Church – Run down inside but the exterior spires are attractive.
Intercession Cathedral – Easy to overlook but inside there are impressive ceiling murals.
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The usual way to visit this city is by overnight train from Ekaterinburg, a full day tour and then return train to Ekaterinburg so not requiring a hotel in Tobolsk.
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