Tyumen. Russia. December 2013

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Tyumen is the first Russian city in Siberia. It was founded in 1586. Legend told that Tyumen appears from ancient Tatarian word Tumen which means 10 000 army. 

Today Tyumen is a big industrial city. 680 000 people live here. Tyumen is a capital of Russian Oil and Gas upstream.

Let's walk a little around downtown. New buildings are ugly like everywhere.

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Honestly I don't like Siberian cities. From my point of view they seem uncomfortable. But I'm sure that just 50 years ago they was very nice and pleaseant. I'll try to explain why. 

On the picture below you can see amazing old style wooden house. Just have a look at window decoration. It made from entire piece of wood. Like furniture hundred year ago. I never saw so beautiful decoration in my life. But look around. Why so huge distance between neiborhood buildings? It is everywhere. Building, then empty space then another building. As result street frontage line damaged and the most of streets look like toothless smile.

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But let's focus on positive side. Tyumen still keeps a lot of old buildngs and all of them are very pleasant. 

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Many years ago frontage line was not damaged. 

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 The same picture. Amazing house. Look at the left - hundred meters of empty space.

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I love old building because the have individual spirit. Please look at decoration around windows. It should be very expensive. But Siberia is really rich area. 

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Decoration. 

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Some new buildings at the edge of old part of the city. In accordance with Siberian tradition no any neiborhood building. 

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Hope this house will be restored after fire. 

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Tyumen State University. 

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Tyumen Government. 

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Tura river embankement. 

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I have some strange feelings about Siberian cities. From one hand all of them are very interesting with amazing and heroic history and have a lot of nice places and buildings but from other hand  I don't feel comfortable there. I suppose because of some kind of random structure. In any case I'd like to spend more time in Siberia to get more deep imagination about it.

 

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