Omsk founded in 1716, is a large industrial, educational and cultural center with population over one million. In the 50-s years of the 20th century Omsk became an important oil-processing city. Omsk is a typical modern city with wide thoroughfares, numerous bridges and high sky-scrapers.


In the old part of the city one can see examples of architecture of previous centuries including the Tobolskie Gate leading to the city fortress, the oldest constructions in Omsk.

The palace of a general-governor is another interesting sight of Omsk. This old building witnessed many historical events important for Russian history.

The center piece of the city is an ensemble of buildings along Lyubinsky prospect/Lenin Street. This is the former Gostiny Dvor, flanked by two chapels.