- Tara, Russia
Tara ( _ru. Та́ра) is a town and the administrative center of
Tarsky District, Omsk Oblast, Russia, located about 300 km north of Omskalong the Irtyshriver. Population: 26,888 (2002 Census); 26,152 (1989 Census).
Tara pre-dates many and gave rise to some Siberian cities, including
Omskitself, expeditions to found which were undertaken at the request of Tara " voyevodas" (military leaders) as early as 1600s. Yet the major developments, including the 18th-century century "Great Siberian Trakt" (road) and the late 19th-century century Trans-Siberian Railwaybypassed the town.
Tara has a few surviving historical churches. It had been the second city in the
eparchyof the Archbishop of Tobolskand Tara, whose authority covered the vast Siberian lands. It has also been the administrative center of Tarsky uyezdof Tobolsk guberniyain 1700s–1800s, with jurisdiction over Omskfor a brief time. In the 1930s, it was the head of Tarsky okrug, part of then steppe-to-Arctic stretching Omsk Oblast.
Since 1943, Tara is the administrative center of
Tarsky Districtof Omsk Oblast. It is still mentioned in the title of Archbishop of Omskand Tara, with the authority diminished to the size of the oblast. Tara has been dropping in regional population rankings, yielding to Isilkul, Kalachinsk, and Nazyvayevsk, all of which are on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Since 2000, Tara have received a couple of economic boosts. The construction of a permanent automobile bridge across
Irtyshcompleted the Tomsk–Tara–Tobolsk highway, a northern parallel to the railway. The exploration and exploitation of the Krapivinskoye Oilfieldin the Oblast's north have led to increased tanker traffic to Omsk, as well as a construction of a minor local refinery.
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