A Disney-style theme park will soon be built on the shores of the world’s largest lake. There will be an amusement park at the center, a nature preserve, hotels and reproductions of historical Russian landmarks like the Kazan Cathedral and the Moscow Kremlin.
Currently, the area is occupied by the Baikal Pulp Mill. The mill was a major source of pollutants into the crystal-clear waters of the lake for many years. In 2008, the mill switched to a less-polluting closed water system, but, this made the plant unprofitable.
The Siberian lake is the world’s largest and oldest. It contains one fifth of the world’s unfrozen fresh water and is over 20 million years old. The first Russians came into the area when the Trans-Siberian Railroad was built, and the area now has a large Russian population. The lake itself is 1.2 miles deep and its waters are prized for their purity.
The impact of the theme park is expected to be far smaller, and the construction and opening of the park will bring tourists to the scenic lake area. The area currently has three national parks and nine reserves that visitors can explore.
Guests should be able to visit Sacred Russia by 2017. The park could bring 2 million more tourists to the area each year.