Siberia’s Trans-Baikal: An Architectural Journey

The evening seminar "Siberia’s Trans-Baikal: An Architectural Journey" will be held on Oct. 3 from 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the S. Dilon Ripley Center in Washington D.C.

Deep in the eastern Siberian taiga, or the boreal forest, are some of Russia's most fascinating regions and territories—the Trans-Baikal. Situated on the Mongolian border and extending from sacred Lake Baikal to the Republic of Buryatia, the area that was known by the ancient name Dauria combines stunning terrain with an unusual cultural intersection of Buddhism and Russian Orthodoxy. Because of their isolation, the area’s small villages grew independently, with distinctive cultures that reflect both European and Asian influences.

From Irkutsk near the western shore of Lake Baikal, which includes both Polish and Jewish communities, to Buryatia, home to the Ivolginsky Datsan, the first established Buddhist temple in Russia, to the wooden houses of Listvyanka, the region reveals an assortment of architecture that is both unique and enduringly Russian. Join William Brumfield, architectural historian and photographer and professor of Slavic studies at Tulane University, on a journey to this UNESCO Heritage region.

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