Founded on the right bank of the Irtysh River this former mail relay station has grown into a capital city of a richest region within just over four centuries. Nowadays, Khanty-Mansiysk has lots to offer its visitors

 

The city boasts Russia’s only fountain shaped as a Fabergé egg.

Almost right from its launch, the Archeopark cultural and heritage center became the city's calling card. There are mammoths and wooly rhinoceros herding along paths and walkways, ancient horses are running somewhere, cave bears and lions are on the lookout for prey, while cavemen are resting by the fire. This is exactly how it was here some 10,000–15,000 years ago.

The monument to Yugra pioneers is primarily famous for its size: a 62-meter pyramid seated on a hilltop accommodates a museum, a restaurant, and a viewpoint. On each of its three triangular surfaces there are sculptural scenes, depicting major milestones in the development of West Siberia.

Built in 2005 on the right bank of the Irtysh River, the Cathedral of Christ’s Resurrection is a part of a large Orthodox complex of structures. A vast park, dedicated to Slavic writing and culture, houses a gymnasium and a school, as well as a church devoted to Prince Vladimir and a bell tower.

In 20 years the local art gallery has become a part of the country’s cultural heritage. Its collection includes works of such Russian masters as Fyodor Rokotov and Vasily Tropinin, Ilya Repin and Ivan Aivazovsky, Vasily Surikov and Isaac Levitan.

A new bridge across the Irtysh River is part of the highway linking the Urals and West Siberia, which is currently under construction. Nicknamed as ‘Red Dragon’ it is considered one of Russia’s most spectacular bridges.

The bell, installed in the bell tower of the Cathedral of Christ’s Resurrection, weighs 1,950 kg. This is symbolic, as in 1950 Khanty-Mansiysk was assigned the status of a city.

Considered one of Russia’s best, the Museum of Nature and Man features rich collections of archaeologic, paleontological and ethnographic artifacts. In addition to its permanent exhibition the museum houses magnificent collections of postmarks and coins, rare books and documents, as well as photos and vintage equipment.

 

Text: Dmitry Ivanov

Published on: 24.04.2018