Sculpture Babr

Sculpture Babr, Irkutsk: Address, Sculpture Babr Reviews: 4.5/5

Sculpture Babr
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Maryam N
St. Petersburg, Russia19 contributions
nice environment
Mar 2020
this street is full of cafe and Restaurant, in traditional home arcitectures. in the evening enjoying of street music and nice view of the city.
Written 5 August 2020
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland19,785 contributions
at the entrance to 130 Kvartal
Aug 2019
Before entering Irkutsk's main tourist area, the '130 Kvartal', one will come upon a big sculpture. It represents the 'Babr', the mythological animal of the town of Irkutsk since its foundation in the 17th century.

As the story goes, it was originally meant to be a Siberian tiger, but then somebody mixed it up with a beaver (Russian 'bobr'), so in the end the creature became a mythological figure, a tiger with a broad tail and webbed paws. What hasn't changed is the fact that he carries a 'Sable' in his mouth.

Under the Soviets such stories were dismissed, so it was only recently that this creature of the 'Irkutsk Coats-of-Arms' was erected as a sculpture, a work by Natalia Bakut from Irkutsk.
Written 23 October 2019
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jo-s
Houthalen, Belgium638 contributions
Irkutsk's tiger
Aug 2019
The statue of the tiger with a sable in his mouth. The trade of sabre use to be very important in this town and region. It is situated in a nice park.
Written 11 September 2019
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Takarasina
720 contributions
Siberian Cat Sìth - though without a white spot.
Aug 2019
This remarkable example of Felidae species appears courtesy of an unknown blockish Russian bureaucrat.
By the time Russians appeared at Baikal shores Siberian tigers ruled local woods. Indigenous people called them baburs and it was only natural for Cossacks to suggest that that king of taiga should become a symbol of newly-founded Irkutsk and be depicted on its coat of arms with a sable in its teeth. They forwarded their request to the capital of the tsardom calling the animal a babr - Russian way, without an "u".
Metropolitan herald did not understand what the hell that word meant and thought it was misspelt and the right form should be "bobr", i.e. beaver. But Siberian Cossaks drew a tiger in their application so heraldry officials, having wrecked their brains, finally delivered an outlandish tiger-beaver hybrid. Thus initially Irkutsk heraldic felid had a broad tail typical for those water rodents as well as their webbed hind-feet. Hell of a guy!
A modern monument, though somewhat klutzy, is still cool and judging by some of its polished parts is loved by the people.
We loved it too.
Written 22 August 2019
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,447 contributions
A statue
Aug 2019 • Couples
I love it when people 'rate' a statue on TA.

This is a statue of a Babr, a mythical tiger that is the emblem of the city. It is at the entrance to the tourist trap 130 Kvartal.

It's big
Written 15 August 2019
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Peter K
Russia83 contributions
Not extravagant
Aug 2019
Just a monument. There is little to be said about it. Particularly as it is based upon a well-known image.
The only thing to mention is that unlike many other monuments in Irkutsk which stand on a tall base, this one is accessible to touch (be it good or not).
Written 6 August 2019
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Belindatp
Sydney, Australia348 contributions
Wouldn’t go out of my way to see this
Jul 2019 • Family
We were staying just a few hundred meters away therefore visited here as it was so close.

It wouldn’t be somewhere I would recommend visiting if not nearby. However this is located at the entrance to 130 street so why not stop by if going.
Written 13 July 2019
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Xavier Jimenez
Mersin, Turkey120 contributions
The icon of Irkutsk
Jun 2019 • Family
Half mitology half reality this snow leopard has become Irkutsk animal protector and the locals touch his foot to bring luck.
If you are visiting for a day is s must visit !
Written 28 June 2019
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ivanparkin
Derby, UK291 contributions
Symbol of Irkutsk
Jun 2019 • Couples
It may not look much like a tiger, but it is the official symbol of Irkutsk, well worth seeking out.
Written 23 June 2019
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Kanbaatar
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia18,214 contributions
Sculpture BABR, 130 Kvartal shopping district, Irkutsk, Russia.
May 2019 • Couples
What is BABR? In Russian it is .. БАБР.

BABR is a sculpture of a mythological monster that sits at the entry walkway into the Irkutsk area known as the 130 Kvartal shopping / restaurant district.

BABR is a beloved-by-Irkutsk residents symbol of the city. BABR is on its coat-of-arms.

BABR is a mythological genetic combination of a Siberian Tiger with a Beaver. BABR has a flat beaver-tail and webbed Tiger paws.

Seeing BABR and the entire Irkutsk 130 Kvartal shopping / restaurant district stands fairly high upon almost anyone's must-see must-visit attractions.

It was so high on my list of attractions-to-review that it has only taken me 6-full-months of living here that I have finally gotten around to writing this review. Then again I can say the same about Kirov Square and its myriad of attractions that I finally have reviewed. Seeing BABR is a 5-minute affair. Seeing / exploring 130 Kvartal is an hours-long days-long affair.
Written 9 May 2019
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