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Geobaikal 2012
20 - 24 August 2012
Electromagnetic Research Methods and Integrated Geophysical Data Interpretation
Irkutsk, lake Baikal, Russia
Cultural programme

A cultural programme will be arranged for conference attendees, including a motor-boat tour around Lake Baikal, and a trip to the Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture and Ethnography and the Volkonsky House Museum in Irkutsk. Participation in the tours is to be paid for separately.

Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture and Ethnography

August 19, 2012. The excursion to the Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture and Ethnography.

The Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture and Ethnography presents a unique collection of monuments of history, architecture, and ethnography of XVII–XX centuries. It is located at the right bank of the Angara River, at the 47th kilometer point of the Baikal Highway on the way from Irkutsk to Lake Baikal. The open-air museum complex attracts its visitors by offering the possibility to acquire the immediate knowledge of the material and spiritual culture of the Baikal Lakeside people.

The museum has reconstructed retrospectively four historical and cultural areas: Russian, Buryat, Evenki, and Tofalar. Buryat, Evenki, and Tofa people are native folks of the Baikal Lakeside. Their day-to-day practices, distinctive characteristics of their lives, and belief system are depicted in the Evenki and Tofalar camping grounds, the Evenki burial complex, and the Buryat summer settlement.

Volkonsky House Museum

August 21, 2012. The excursion to the Volkonsky House Museum

The Volkonsky House was initially built in 1838 in the village Urik in the Irkutsk Province. In 1846 the Volkonsky purchased a land plot in Irkutsk directly across the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Church and transferred their house from the village Urik to Irkutsk. Based on recollections of their contemporaries, the Volkonsky House quickly became the main focus of the Irkutsk public life.

Balls and masquerades were often held there for young people, literary, musical, and theatrical soirees took place. 17 out of 30 years the family of Prince S.G. Volkonsky spent in Siberia are connected to this house. The museum welcomed its first visitors on December 10, 1985, after the restoration which had taken 11 years. The museum currently holds a leading position among the country’s establishments narrating the story of the Decembrist Uprising in Russia. The museum displays authentic possessions of the Volkonsky family and those of other Decembrists.

A motor-boat tour around the Lesser Sea of Baikal

August 23, 2012. A motor-boat tour around the Lesser Sea of Baikal.

Attendees of the conference will be provided an opportunity to take a motor-boat tour around the Lesser Sea of Lake Baikal. The tour includes dinner.

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