Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
We are going deeper into the Siberian region of the Soviet Union by entering Omsk. And I love to tell something more about this ancient city which was built as a wooden fort in 1716 by a Cossack unit led by Ivan Buchholz to protect the expanding Russian frontier along the Ishim and the Irtysh rivers against the Kyrgyz and Dzungar nomads of the Steppes.
In 1768 Om fortress was relocated. The original Tobolsk and the restored Tara gates, along with the original German Lutheran Church and several public buildings are left from that time. Omsk was granted with the town status in 1782.
Omsk became a major centre of the Siberian exile. During the 1850s Fyodor Dostoyevsky served his sentence in an Omsk Katorga prison.
|Dormition Cathedral Omsk
ring of fire
burning around his body -
two lives melting together
in the present
This episode will be open for your submissions until January 13th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our next episode, Ob River, later on today. !! Omsk is open for your submissions at 7.00 PM (CET) !!