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The river Irtysh
The river Irtysh

The city of Omsk, on the banks of the Irtysh and 0m rivers, is beautiful and sweeping in a Siberian manner.
A beautiful site was chosen for the new fortress by Peter the Great's guardsman Ivan Buchholz; when in spring of 1716 he and his detachment made a landing on the shore of the Irtysh, at the place where this powerful Siberian river takes the quiet 0m river into its broad riverbed. According to the edict of the Tsar Peter the Great and his deputy in Siberia, Prince Gagarin, pioneers erected fortification here to guard the southern Russian borders.
Thus, was founded the town of Omsk, which in our day has become the largest industrial and cultural center in Siberia.

The Alexeevskaya Chapel
The Alexeevskaya Chapel

The city cherishes its past. The architects and antiquity lovers restored the Serafimo-Alexeevskaya Chapel, which even now is surrounded by numerous legends. One of the legends says that the Chapel was built in 1908 to commemorate the birth of the Cesarevitch Alexei. Another tells that it was built to memorialize the soldiers killed in Russia's war with Japan. The chapel was torn down in the 1920s and was rebuilt brick by brick as a project under the supervision of the artist V. Desyatov.
The history of Omsk lives not only in the streets of the city, it lives in the museums, in the inspirational works of Omsk artists, actors and historians.
The Omsk museum of local lore, history and economy is the oldest in Siberia. It was founded in 1878 by the famous Siberian scientists, explorers and public figures: M. Pevtsov, G. Potanin, N. Yadrintsev, and I. Slovtsov.

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