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The city on the shores of the Yenisei River

by Jorge Sanchez - 4 years ago

In the past I have been many times in Krasnoyarsk. All of them (except one) I just spent half an hour in the railway station premises, during the Tran Siberian train stop. Once, in 1994, I was travelling with a group of Spanish ornithologists in trucks, from Altai Republic to Ulan Ude, in Mongolia, and we stopped half a day in Krasnoyarsk for lunch, provisions and for a visit to the famous “stolby”, or fantastic vertical rock formations, like pillars, in a National Nature Reserve close to Krasnoyarsk, and to a hospital for injured animals. But apart from the restaurant and crossing a bridge over the River Yenisei, nothing else we visited in Krasnoyarsk city, that is why in September 2009, during my way back to Europe from Siberia I decided to visit that town during a whole day, until the night. I have to confess that Krasnoyarsk, a city of about one million inhabitants, somehow deceived me. It was erected in 1628, being one of the older Russian settlements in Siberia, but I did not see many attractions for the traveller. Tobolsk, Irkutsk and Omsk, for instance, are much more rewarding Siberian towns (from my personal point of view). From the railway station I walked to a square with the statue of Lenin. That square I remembered from my 1994 journey. Then I went inside a park for children (the entrance was paying) and after that I climbed to a hill where it was written in big letters “RUSSIA” (in Cyrillic alphabet, of course), and nearby a saw chapel. Returning to the downtown I saw the cathedral, that I visited, a kind of Triumph Ark close to the river Yenisei remembering that Krasnoyarsk was founded in 1628, a museum devoted to the writers, and several lovely wooden houses along the street Karl Marx. In the night I caught a train to Novosibirsk.


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