A merchants' city on the Irtysh river
The city of Ishim lies in Western Siberia on the left bank of the Ishim river
(a tributary of the Irtysh).
Ishim was granted city status in 1782. In the city Bogoyavlenskiy Cathedral
is situated which was built in 1793. Within the city limits there is a unique
natural reserve called Sinitsinskiy pine forest (a woodland with areas of relic
forest and rare plants, including ferns). The population of Ishim numbers 63,2
In 1632 in the mouth of the Ishim river Ishim stockade was built to defend the
local population against incursions by Khan Kuchum's raiders.
Nikolskaia fair can be called one of the most significant history traditions
of Ishim. It was first held in 1721 and since became a major event in the commercial
life of Siberia and the Urals.
Patrons of art and learning
Many of Ishim's merchants went down in history as outstanding public figures
and sponsors. First guild merchant Nikolai Chernyakhovsky played an especially
large role. In the 30-40's of the nineteenth cenlniy he had built houses for
the city hospital and parochial school. At the end of his lltl he left his entire
fortune for the construction of the Nikolskaia church on the territoiy of which
he was buried. In 1887 the first public library of Ishim was opened. In 1911
the first cinema and circus started to work.
The main sights of the city are historic buildings, Nikolskaia and Svyato-Pokrovskaia