Sverdlovsk region: Merchant's Irbit, rocks and abandoned churches – Road.Travel

Sverdlovsk region: Merchant's Irbit, rocks and abandoned churches

Road Trip Route. Climb the Ural Mountains, See old streets of Irbit. Irbit, Visit a master class on valenki weaving and minting, Get acquainted with the architecture of abandoned churches, Walk along the historical centre of Kamyshlov, To know, where lived the most famous Ural writer, .

A fascinating trip to the ancient town of Irbit with a visit to several museums, a walk along the streets, where the houses of merchants of the XVIII - XIX centuries remained. On the second day we will visit the protected Ural Mountains, the way to which lies along the picturesque suspension bridge over the river Pyshma. And also according to the plan we will visit the Kamyshlov local history museum, look round an ancient fire alarm tower and a historical-architectural monument of the beginning of the XX century - a building of the former icon painting studio. We will also necessarily take a walk along the historical center of Kamyshlov. On the way back we will visit a beautiful abandoned church built in 1836 and see the homestead of the ancient Poklevsky-Kozell family.

History and Culture, Uninhabited Nature. From: Tyumen

Наталья Чибисова . Travel Expert.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Irbit: everyday life history and ancient streets of the city

The first day of the trip is an immersion in the history of everyday life and peasant life. The programme includes a visit to an unusual motorcycle museum, an abandoned village, an engraving museum and a walk along the main streets, where old merchant houses have been preserved.


The journey begins in Tyumen. It's going to be a busy trip, don't forget to fill up with a full tank.

Kalugina village

Along the Irbitsky tract you will see many villages and hamlets. One of them is the village of Kalugina. It is practically abandoned: the 2010 census counted only 11 permanent residents. But here are the old village houses, each of which is unique, and the carved casings on the windows - in general, a separate kind of art.

Muzey Mototsiklov

Next stop is the Irbit State Motorcycle Museum. There is a unique collection of motorcycle equipment of the Irbit motorcycle factory - the one where since 1941 the legendary heavy motorcycles Ural are produced. The plant operates to this day, though not with such a scope as before. You can buy tickets to the museum on the spot, or take a guided tour.

Happiness is there.

A family restaurant where you can eat out or take food and coffee to go. There is Wi-Fi and the possibility of paying by card. Phone number +7 (909) 006-94-90 The restaurant is open daily from 10:00 to 22:00.


Leave your car in the free parking lot in front of the Admiral Mall and continue exploring the city on foot.

Irbitskiy Muzey Narodnogo Byta

Start your acquaintance with the life of the old town of Irbit with the Museum of Folk Life. Besides excursions in a museum hold thematic master classes - what if you have long dreamed to learn how to roll valenki or mint coins? Here you can have a traditional tea party and a photo shoot in the Russian costumes. There is a souvenir shop.

Former home of merchant Lukanin

To the left of the entrance to the Museum of Folk Life is a two-story brick building with rich stone carvings, an example of local housing construction of the late 19th century. This house used to belong to Petr Petrovich Lukanin, a well-known ironwork merchant in the town. And in general, Irbit is a very atmospheric and very brick town, which you will definitely be convinced of after a walk through the historic center.

Former home of merchant Kolmakov

Walk down Karla Marksa Street and turn to Lenin Street, where something very interesting is waiting for you - a real fairy-tale castle in miniature. It didn't belong to a king or a knight, but to the local merchant Kolmakov. Not only out-of-town merchants, but also the Russian intelligentsia often stayed at the merchant's house.

Pamyatnik Ostrog

Here you have reached the heart of Irbit. It was here that the settlers laid the first wooden fortress. Alas, the fortification has not survived to this day. Today it is reminded only by a separately standing wooden tower. Once you have visited the monument, do not hurry to leave, but rather go down to the river. There you will see a very cute suspension bridge - the place is very "photogenic".


The walk through the historic center of the city is complete, go back to the car - time to eat and go to the hotel.

Dumpling Room

There is a very cosy dumpling shop just five minutes away. Please note that the café is open Monday to Saturday from 11:00 to 19:00 and on Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00. If you are travelling on Sunday, instead of pelmeni you can stop by the already familiar restaurant "Happiness Eat" or cook dinner yourself in the apartment - there is a mini-kitchen there.

Gazpromneft gas station №63

We have a long way to go, so we need to refuel. Lunch will be late tomorrow, and we can buy food and drinks for the road at the store.

Day 2: Ural Mountains, abandoned church and historic city center

From Irbit the route will go in the direction of Kamyshlov. On the way we will visit the beautiful church which is closed already more than 80 years. And further on the program - the most beautiful rocks, from where the view of the river and the old village of Kuryi opens. In the evening there will be a walking tour of the historical part of the town.

Church of Bogolyubskaya Icon of the Mother of God

On the way to the rocks in the village of Galkinskoye you will see a beautiful abandoned Church of the Bogolyubskaya Icon of the Mother of God. Its construction began back in 1800 on the site of a former dilapidated wooden church, but soon errors in of the design, and the walls began to crack violently. The church was not completed until 1842, and was consecrated seven years later. In 1987, it was included in the list of monuments of regional importance, but is now abandoned and not restored. **It is dangerous to go upstairs, so it is better to limit the external inspection of the church.


Leave the car and go over the suspension bridge over the Pyshma River to the other side.

The Three Sisters rock.

A picturesque rock with three side-by-side ledges about 40 metres high. According to an old legend, three girls were in love with a young man. In order not to ruin their family and not to compete, they made a difficult decision - to jump into the river from the cliff. Whatever the actual situation, there is a beautiful panoramic view of the village of Kuryi, and 200 meters away there is another interesting place - the rock "Devil's Chair". **Important information for visiting** Be sure to wear closed shoes that do not slip. And clothes that are comfortable for climbing up.

The Devil's Chair rock.

Another picturesque place with a panoramic view of the river and the village. The slopes of the cliff are covered with pine forests, and one of the ledges is shaped like a giant chair or a chair. At the top there is a small flat stone platform from which you can admire the natural beauty. This place is a protected natural area, please don't leave trash and don't make a fire.


Ural Grill

Make a stop for lunch at the 24-hour roadside cafe Ural Grill.

Gostinitsa Panorama

Leave your car in the free parking lot and go for an evening stroll through the historic part of Kamyshlov.

Holy Virgin Cathedral

Start your acquaintance with Kamyshlov with the city's calling card - the white-stone Holy Protection Cathedral. The first church appeared at the end of the XVII century, when the voivode of Verkhotursky uyezd gave the order to build Kamyshevskaya Sloboda on the bank of Pyshma. The white stone building was built at the beginning of the XIX century. You can see the cathedral any day. If you want to go inside, do not forget the recommended clothing: for women - skirt and headgear, for men - clothes covering elbows and knees.

Shashlyk yard

For dinner, stop by the Shashlychny Dvor cafe. Its menu includes meat dishes, shashlik, shawarma, salads, soups and drinks. Prices are democratic, the cafe is open from 10 am to 10 pm daily.

P.P. Bazhov Library

The local library is named after Pavel Bazhov for a reason: several years of the writer's life were spent in Kamyshlov. After his marriage to a native of the Kamyshlov district, Pavel worked as a teacher of Russian language. After the revolution, he actively began to engage in social work, was elected to the Council of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies, was a member of the Revolutionary Committee. Later he joined the Bolsheviks and became editor of the newspaper "Izvestiya Kamyshlov District Committee of Peasant, Soldier and Worker Deputies.

Panorama of the Pyshma River

See the city from a new perspective. From the observation deck by the river you can see the most beautiful old buildings of the city as if in the palm of your hand.

Day 3: Kamyshlov: architectural monuments

Today we will get acquainted with a life and way of life of peasants of Kamyshchatsky district, the Temple architecture and the nature of this region. On the way home we will have a look at the abandoned church. And in the small town Talitsa we will look at the monument of architecture - Poklevskiy-Kozell homestead.

Provincial Government

Ask a resident of Kamyshlov to name the most beautiful buildings in the city, and he would probably point to the cathedral and the city administration. The purpose of the building has hardly changed over the past hundred years. It used to be the seat of the Zemstvo Board. On the other side of the road you will see another local landmark - the water tower.

The building of the former icon painting studio

Historical and architectural monument of the early 20th century. The building was built by a hereditary mason, self-taught architect Alexander Grigorievich Falaleev, who erected churches and equipped iconostases in the district. At first it was Falaleev's own house, then it was converted into an iconography studio. Later the building housed the Kamyshlov printing house and the editorial office of the newspaper "Kamyshlovskie izvestiya", which is published to this day.

Kamyshlov Museum

The local history museum is located in a stone one-story building of the former treasury. Tickets can be purchased on site. Don't forget to bring a mask and gloves. *In addition to tours of the museum, bus and walking tours can be organized. Record by phone +7(34375)2-50-40 * Museum website []


It's time for lunch, too! The Dumpling Café is located near the museum and is open daily until 5 p.m. No need to book a table in advance. Don't forget your mask and gloves! Cafe phone +7 (34375) 2-33-69 Link to VKontakte group []

Abandoned Church of the Meeting of the Lord

Another abandonment on the route. Construction of this large stone church in the Classicist style began in 1836. Closed, like the previous church, during the Soviet regime, in 1938. Currently it is not working, not restored. If you decide to examine its interiors, watch your step carefully and don't go upstairs. The building is in a state of disrepair, it is better to examine it from the outside.

Poklewski Manor - Kozell

An old manor house in a small town in the Sverdlovsk region belonged to the distinguished Poklevsky-Kozell family, who did much for Talitsa. Thanks to them, the town had two gymnasiums, where teachers from the capital taught, and children learned two foreign languages. In times of famine, special canteens were opened, and merchants were forced to discount their goods as much as possible. In addition, the Poklevskie-Kozells built two churches at their own expense, one of which is still active today.


The journey has come to an end, it's been a really packed day of experiences and walks!