Irkutsk is a tourist city and of course there are a lot of historical monuments, different museums, interesting galleries and many other places of interes. But if you want to see the soul of the real Siberian man there is only one place you need to go. That place is Taltsy the open-air museum of wooden architecture .The museum built in 1980 represents a true life of Old Russian settlement. 78 monuments of architecture dating back to the 17-19th century constitute four historical-cultural zones of the Baikal region. They are zones of Russians, Buryats, Evenks and Tofalars.
Everything is real here: larch izby, peasant homestead, spacious barns and even dog kennels. But the most incredible thing that arouses the main tourists’ interest is the fact that every house, every tower, every church is built without a nail! The technique they used is still unknown today. A variety of festivals and holidays help to create the real atmosphere of old Russian country, which are held regularly here according to all Russian traditions. During these days there isn’t room to swing a cat in Taltsy – so many people come there to spend their holidays.
In the museum victualling house you will get the opportunity to taste blinis (typical Russian pancakes) with famous caviar or raspberry jam accompanied by kvass (type of soft drink made of bread, very popular in the Russian country). Not far from there you will find a souvenir shop, where the skilled potters and carvers will realize any of your desires in ten minutes. The most brave can test themselves walking on stilts or teetering in the yard. Also a very interesting tradition exists there – when famous people visit the museum they usually leave their signatures on the special wall of one old-fashioned stove. Such names as Scorpions, Paricia Caas, Deep Purple, Kasianov (the prime minister of Russia) can be seen on it.
During centuries ancient Siberian people were living there on the high beautiful shore which lies just 20 km from Baikal.