Feel the historical atmosphere in one of the oldest merchant cities! For one hundred and fifty years, this city has been the main portal to Eastern Siberia. Monasteries, narrow streets and the spirit of an ancient city, which has retained its original appearance to this day – the historical part of the city of Yeniseysk is included in the preliminary list of UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage. There are many magnificent museums in Yeniseisk, for example, the local “Planer Museum” is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
Yeniseisk is one of the oldest cities in Siberia founded upon the order of Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich in 1619 by a squad of Cossacks. It was used as a military fortress and was the main point of entry to Eastern Siberia. Later, Yeniseisk became a major industrial center. By the end of the 17th century, Yeniseisk become the second largest center of crafts and trades after Tobolsk. The goods made by Yenisei blacksmiths, silversmiths and founders, wood carvers, leather workers, and icon painters became widely known.
Nowadays, the town's appearance are created by its architectural ensembles, striking in their greatness and originality. The central part of the town may be termed an open-air museum. The main and the largest group of objects of cultural heritage consist of wooden manor houses which lend the urban environment a provincial atmosphere. Houses are mainly made of larch and pine that is why it has a unique appearance.
During your cruise with Vodohod, you will see a unique collection of antiquities in the Museum-Estate “Photo-izba” which reflects the life of Yenisei people: furniture, utensils, keys, locks, school supplies. You will also visit Kytmanov’s Yenisei Regional Museum and Wood Plane Museum with its collection of carpentry tools. This exhibition is listed in the Guinness Book of Records (it has more than 1,500 copies).