Russian city of Tobolsk, located in the Northern part of Siberia, in the Tyumen region has a rich history full of interesting facts. It began with the foundation of a small fortress, which the brave pioneers began to conquer the Siberian expanses from. This city stands out for its harsh northern climate and incredibly beautiful nature.

Top facts about Tobolsk

1.The only slavic kremlin in Siberia is located here in Tobolsk.

2.This city was named after the Tobol river, which is a tributary of the Irtysh river.

3.Only 3 years passed From the moment of Tobolsk foundation till the moment of assigning it the status of a full-fledged city only 3 years passed.

4.The population of this city is approximately equal to the population of all Seychelles Islands.

5.Tobolsk became the second Russian city founded in Siberia.

6.In continuation of the famous “Robinson Crusoe” ny Daniel Defoe the hero travels across Russia and spends 8 months in Tobolsk, waiting for the end of severe frosts.

7.About 220 times more people living in the city of Beijing (the capital of China) than here.

8.In the comedy movie of the 60s “The Great Race” characters visit Tobolsk, where they are met by not really friendly and silent people with torches. The movie shows a polar night around, but that’s fake as in fact it doesn’t happen in this city. In the Soviet movie distribution this scene was cut out of ideological considerations.

9.The mentioned area is the historical homeland of the turkic peoples. Ages ago they moved to Central Asia, to modern Kazakhstan territories mostly.

10. Tobolsk is 111 times larger than the Principality of Monaco, the smallest independent state ever (facts about Monaco).

11. The unemployment rate in Tobolsk is one of the lowest in Russia. At the time of 2018, it did not exceed 0.35%.

12. In past this city was the center of the largest of the Russian provinces.

13. Many immigrants from Poland lived in Tobolsk during the active expansion of the city in the 18th century. A Catholic Church built by them is preserved there to this day.

14. According to statistics, 10% of locals here are engaged in sports related to physical activity.

15. Tobolsk is the city where the famous scientist Dmitry Mendeleev was born.

16. The last Russian emperor Nicholas II was exiled to Tobolsk after the revolution with his family together. They spent about 9 months here.

17. People still find valuable fossils time to time here, as well as the bones of mammoths and other extinct animals.