The city ‚ÄėTomsk‚Äô was founded in the year 1604 and served as a stronghold, a center of the gold rush, a merchant‚Äôs city, and the center of a colossal province covering various regions of today‚Äôs Russia as well as Kazakhstan.
The foundation of the University took place in the year 1888. SSMU is the first University in the Asian part of Russia beyond the Urals transformed Tomsk dramatically. Tomsk is one of the old cities yet it is always young; its humming life is filled with talents, hopes, and youthful energy.
In Tomsk, 4 Universities are there within one and a half kilometers. None of the cities in the world can brag such close proximity to its higher educational institutions. Other than 4 Universities, there are 2 more Universities that are quite close by. Over 72,000 aspirants attend classes in Tomsk institutions for higher education. This indicates every eighth resident in Tomsk is a student.
Tomsk has many local cultural institutions that include a children‚Äôs theater, several drama theaters, and a puppet theater. The leading concert venues in the city include the Tomsk Palace of Sport and the Conservatory Concert Hall. Tomsk also has cultural centers committed to the German, Polish, and Tatar languages and culture.
One of the most exceptional features of Tomsk is its picturesque architecture, created by the hands of masters from Europe: Marfeld, Gut, and Orzeszko (Poland), Geste (Scotland), Gibert (France), Langer (Austria), Tatarchuh and Homich (also from Poland), and Turskiy (Germany). The cream of the crop of different genres, borrowed from Europe decorated the city of Tomsk. Tomsk architecture has always been its ‚Äúmust see!‚ÄĚ There is probably no one who is indifferent to the variety of Tomsk architectural styles. In Tomsk, you can find art nouveau, wooden architecture, classicism, baroque, eclecticism, and renaissance. Architects from all across the globe dreamed of ‚Äúconquering‚ÄĚ Tomsk, which was situated in the most eastern part of Western Siberia and possessed a tremendous cultural potential. They managed to create a ‚ÄúEuropean corner‚ÄĚ in a Russian provincial city that attracted scientists and gifted people from all across the world. Each and everyone had made a great impact on the history and culture of the city, making it up-to-date and expressive.
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