Tyumen Oblast shares borders with Kurgan, Sverdlovsk, Omsk, Tomsk oblasts, the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the Komi Republic, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Perm Krai and also with North-Kazakhstan Oblast of Kazakhstan. This is the only region in Russia, the territory of which is stretched from the Arctic Ocean in the north till the national boundary in the south.
Tyumen Oblast is a dynamically developing area with rich culture, research centers and a highly developed industry. The population of Tyumen Oblast numbers over 3,5 million people. The region is comprised of 28 cities and 41 urban settlements.
Tyumen is the first Russian city in Siberia. It was founded in 1586. Today it is an administrative center of Tyumen Oblast.
Sights of Tyumen are as follows:
1. Cathedral of the Theotokos of the Sign
Cathedral of the Theotokos of the Sign, a baroque building, represents one of the main architectural and spiritual symbols of the city. The exterior of the church, its multistoried structure, beautiful ornament adds to the unique view of the Cathedral. The stone church was built in 1786.
2. Love padlock
The Tyumen Footbridge across the Tura River got an official name «Love padlock». There is a plaque fixed on the bridge, which officially entitles it as a symbol of the city. This bridge was constructed in the 80s of the XX century at the location of the former wood bridge. The Love padlock is one of favorite recreation areas of urban residents. There are always plenty of young people there as several higher education institutions are located near the bridge.
3. Siberian Cats' Public Garden
The Siberian Cats' Public Garden is situated on Pervomayskaya Street. The sculptures of cats and kittens are cast out of iron and covered with a special golden paint. During the Great Patriotic War in blockaded Leningrad cats were almost extinct: they were eaten during the horrible winter of 1941-1942 years. Absence of cats caused a wide spreading of rats. As soon as the blockade was lifted cats came to be brought from other regions of the country. They were transported from Siberia too in order to protect invaluable stock holdings of Hermitage and other palaces and museums of Leningrad. All in all 5 thousand cats were delivered to Leningrad from Omsk, Tyumen and Irkutsk.
4. Tsvetnoy bulvar
Tsvetnoy bulvar is a pedestrian boulevard in Tyumen, the Tyumen Oblast anniversary treat from Yekaterinburg residents. Architects from Yekaterinburg have constructed five grounds in the territory of the boulevard, namely: the sports, circus, fountain grounds, square of arts and square of lovers.
5. Tyumen Puppet Show
Tyumen Puppet Show was established in 1945. The contemporary building with the audience hall of 400 seats was constructed in 1972. Since then one of the theater traditions has become a launch of performances for adult spectators, although the main activity of the theatre is a repertoire for children. The classic drama plays a great part on the theater’s list of productions. Performances are staged for adult audience. Each year the repertoire of the Tyumen Puppet Show is enriched with new productions. A lot of performances of the Puppet Show were marked with high awards of theater festivals and contests of various times.
6. Tyumen Theater of the Drama and the Comedy
The Tyumen Theater of the Drama and the Comedy was established in 1858. The Theater has a rich history. In 2009 the team of the Theater moved to a new beautiful building in the centre of Tyumen.
7.Tyumen regional Museum of Fine Arts
The Tyumen regional Museum of Fine Arts was established in 1956. One of the most significant sections of its collections is an assemblage of Russian paintings of the XVIII — early XX centuries. It contains the classic Russian artists’ works such as V. Tropinin, F. Rokotov, K. Bryullov, I. Ivazovsky, A. Vasnetsov, etc., as well as creations of outstanding artists of Tyumen and Tobolsk M. Znamensky, A. Kalganov and V. Fyodorov.