About sight: Shushenskoye

One of the most interesting Russian museums of wooden architecture comparable to a similar museum in Kizhi (Karelia) is located 500 kilometers to the south of Krasnoyarsk in Shushenskoy. A Siberian village of the end of 19 century was completely preserved on an area of 16 hectares.

The location of this museum in such a remote place is related to the fact that in 1897-1900 in Shushenskoye Vladimir Ulyanov (Lenin) served his exile, who then headed the revolution 1917, as a result of which the Bolsheviks came to power in St. Petersburg.

The memorial part of the exposition has 29 houses, 23 of which are the original houses of the end of 19 century. Of a particular interest are the house of Zyryanov where Lenin lived the first year of his exile and the house of Petrova where he moved after he was joined by N. К. Krupskaya. Also, it will be very interesting to have a look at the volost government and prison of the end of 19 century. Everything was preserved in its original state there.

Apart from a mandatory visit to the museum reserve, you may have a trip to the Shushenskiy Bor. It is a national park, which begins in Shushenskoye and stretches for 80 kilometers to the south along the right bank of the Yenisei to the Sayano-Shushenskaya HES. 

The recreation flat part of the park is in the immediate vicinity of Shushenskoye. Lake Perovo is 15 kilometers to the south. It is a favorite recreation place of the natives. And it is there that Lenin liked to hunt and rest during his exile. On the bank of the lake there remained a hut where he used to rest with local peasants during a hunt.

The mountain part of the Shushenskiy Bor is near the Sayano-Shushenskaya HES.  It is there that the Western Sayan Mountains are located, including the highest of them – Great Borus Mount. It would be better to combine a visit to this part of the Shushenskiy Bor with a visit to the Sayano-Shushenskaya HES, as well as a recreation zone on a reservoir behind the hydroelectric dam called Dzhoika.

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