Literally put on the map by the noble-blooded Decembrists, one of whom designed its street-grid layout, today there’s nothing aristocratic about this regional capital where Soviet symbols still embellish Stalinist facades.
The historic center has kept a rectangular grid of streets, according to the project made in 1862. The monuments of the pre-revolutionary period inlcude “the church of the Decembrists” (the end of the 18th century), and numerous stone and wooden houses of merchants (the beginning of the 20th century).
Chita has the following museums:
- Trans-Baikal Regional Museum of Local Lore named after A.K. Kuznetsov (Babushkin Street, 113);
- Church of the Decembrists - the branch of the Trans-Baikal Regional Museum (Decembrists Street, 3b);
- Museum and Exhibition Center of the Trans-Baikal Region (Chkalov Street, 120a);
- Museum of Military Glory of the Siberian Military District (Lenin Street, 86);
- Trans-Baikal Railway Museum (Magistralnaya Street, 15?);
- Geological Museum of Trans-Baikal State University (Gorky Street, 28);
- Art Museum (Babushkin Street, 108).