Tomsk, one of the oldest Siberian town, was founded in 1604 on the high
right bank of the Tom river. Tomsk is the city that is different from
any other cities all the world with its beauty and uniqueness. Wooden
architecture of Tomsk is a magnificent heritage of art. The beautiful
houses, dressed in carved lace, the oldest wooden architecture now
becomes a great sightseeing and gives individuality to its image.
Houses decorated with wooden lace, gold-plated church domes, the beauty
of the streets creates for Tomsk the name of a historical center of
Siberia. The legacy is a cosmopolitan city that embraces diverse cultures.
However, despite its venerable age, Tomsk appears youthful thanks to the
students and young scientists. Tomsk is a fascinating mix of the
historical and the modern style where the ornate architecture sits happily
alongside contemporary metallic and glass structures. Its semi-industrial
and trading past has been preserved with many of the warehouses, trading
halls, factories and civic buildings having been renovated and
rejuvenated as luxury hotels, museums, businesses and even domestic
dwellings. Modern Tomsk is a large, generally acknowledged Russian
educational and research center.
Nowadays, there are 10 academic institutes
and six higher educational universities in Tomsk. The oldest Tomsk
State University has brought the glory to the town. The well-known
Tomsk State University Library is a basis for Siberian scientists
and engineers. More than three and half million book copies written
on many foreign languages and concerning very different subjects are
in it's book repositories. Siberian Botanical Garden at the Tomsk
State University, as one of the largest and richest garden in the
world, is a scientific establishment which role and significance are
The Tomsk experts have made a valuable contribution
in the advancement of electronics, precision mechanical engineering and
metal working, up-to-date building industries, and automation production.
It is well known that Tomsk Universities, Siberian Branch of the Russian
Academy of Sciences and other Academies, Research Institutes and Design
Organizations have essential services to science and technology progress
in Siberia and Russian Far East region. Educational, scientific and
engineering potential of Tomsk served as a basis for the foundation of
more than 20 engineering institutions, academic and scientific research
institutes in Krasnoyarsk, Omsk, Kemerovo, Irkutsk, and other Siberian
The Tomsk Region is a large part of Siberia. It's area is equal
to 316,900 square km. This area is larger than area of Austria, Belgium,
Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Switzerland all together.
The Tomsk Region is a part of the West Siberian Territory Production
Complex. Here many deposits of oil, gas, iron ore, coal, peat were
founded. So, petroleum extractive industry is very actively developed.
Moreover, Tomsk specialists have made a valuable contribution in
advancement of radioelectronics, precise mechanical engineering
and metal working, up-to-date building industry, and automation means
Its offering of places to see and things to do is varied and diverse with
three theatres, symphony orchestra, and many small chamber ensembles,
museums of regional studies and fine arts, cinemas, libraries, cultural
centers and galleries. This mix caters to most tastes in food and drink,
music and entertainment. The city is also attractive to shoppers offering
the ultimate in choice, from designer chic to antiques and crafts,
specialist to second-hand, within compact pedestrian areas that are easy
to find your way around.
As one of the oldest cities in Siberia, Tomsk has many
architectural monuments to the past, wooden houses decorated by wood-carving.
There exist numerous historical, cultural and architectural landmarks
drawing visitor's attention. Like a magnet it attracts the best people
of each epoch. More about Tomsk may be learned at these Web-sites:
http://www.diep.tpu.ru/, http://www.tomsk.ru etc.