In the 20th century, the Iskitimskiy Penal Camp of SibLAG (a cruel back breaking camp) was located here. They say no one ever returned from there alive. At the place of yet another terrible massacre, a holy spring appeared. For several decades, Orthodox Christians from all over the country have been coming to the Holy Spring to pray for healing of body and soul.
In 2015, the Cathedral of the New Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Orthodox Church opened its doors to pilgrims. There is a museum in the basement of the building. Visitors can have a look at the documents and personal belongings of the SibLAG prisoners, many of them were priests. Miraculously spared photos show the macabre atmosphere of that period and the unbearable living conditions the prisoners had to endure. Here you can see a trolley which was used to manually lift up limestone mined in the quarry. One of the rooms was turned into a reconstructed solitary cell for the camp prisoners. The museum carefully keeps the memory of these tragic events in the history of our country. For a full-fledged experience we recommend you take a guided tour.
Opening hours: Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.