Favorite thing: There are so many wooden houses with carved window frames. They are so pretty and a lot of them concentrate in one area which makes a pleasant walk. The good thing is that they can still be found in the center of the city or very close by within walking distance.
Fondest memory: This is probably the rural touch of the city with its wooden architecture as well as the cats and dogs that I encountered while exploring the city.
Favorite thing: Tomsk fut fondée en 1604 pour protéger la Russie des invasions kalmoukes et kirghizes venant du sud, par les montagnes de l'Altaï. Les cosaques écrivirent les premières lignes de l'histoire de la ville en repoussant à maintes reprises les envahisseurs tout au long du XVIIe siècle.
Tomsk was founded in 1604 to protect Russia from the invasions kalmoukes and kirghizes coming from the south, by the mountains of the Altaï. The Cossack wrote the first lines of the history of the city while repulsing the invaders time and again all along the XVIIe century.
Favorite thing: In 1604, the Russian tsar Boris Godunov ordered Cossack leader Gavril Pisemsky and boyar son and strelets officer Vasiliy Tyrkov to found a fort on the Tom River in place where its small right tributary Ushayka River flows into it, on Tatar land, to protect the river crossing and Eushta population from Kalmyk and Kyrghiz tribes. It became important as a military center for pacifying the native people and evolved into a regional administrative center. Beginning in the late 1830s, its population grew quickly thanks to the intensifying gold-mining activity in Siberia.
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: Tomsk a toujours été le centre éducatif et scientifique de la Sibérie. C’est à Tomsk que la première université sibérienne a été fondée en 1880. Actuellement, un habitant de Tomsk sur six est étudiant. Les industries-clés sont la pétrochimie, l’usinage des bois, les constructions mécaniques, la production des métaux, l’électrotechnique et l’industrie alimentaire.
Tomsk was always the center educational and scientific of Siberia. It is in Tomsk that the first Siberian university has been founded in 1880. Currently, an inhabitant of Tomsk out of six is a student. The industries - key are the petrochemistry, the machining of woods, the mechanical constructions, the production of metals, the electrotechnics and the food industry
Tomsk has a number of prominent universities:
Tomsk State University is the first university in Siberia (founded in 1878, opened in 1888). The prominent Tomsk State University library book reserve is considered to be among the richest in Russia.
Tomsk Polytechnic University which opened in 1900 is the first technical university in Siberia.
Siberian State Medical University, one of the oldest and highest rated medical schools in Russia.
Tomsk State Pedagogical University
Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building
Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics
Tomsk Economics and Law University
Tomsk Institute of Business
Thanks to its strong university presence, Tomsk has become a center of the IT industry in Russia.
- Study Abroad
Houses in wood
Tomsk is well-known for its (gingerbread) carved wooden houses. The quantity of these wooden houses is constantly decreasing due to fire and new construction.
Fondest memory: Tomsk est célèbre pour son architecture en bois. Dans la «Vieille Ville», on peut voir beaucoup de maisons ornées de gravures sur bois. Ayant le statut de monuments historiques, elles se trouvent sous la protection de l’Etat Russe. Tomsk est aussi le centre culturel de la Sibérie où il y a beaucoup de théâtres. Tomsk attire, tel un aimant, les plus remarquables personnalités de son époque
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Favorite thing: As in many other cities in the Former Soviet Union, the government destroyed a number of old churches in the city including two that had existed since the 17th century. However, Tomsk managed to retain some of its churches by creating alternative uses for them such as machine shops, warehouses, archives, and even residences. Since the end of communism, some of the churches have been renovated and handed back to their congregations.
- Religious Travel
Favorite thing: In Tomsk you will find all the contrasts right in the city center. Huge Soviet style buildings next to tsarist architecture and close to the traditional wooden houses.
Favorite thing: Ironical monument to Anton Chekhov who visited Tomsk on the way to Sakhalin and mentioned it in his diary unfavourably...
- Women's Travel