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Kazan

Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan and a large river port on the Volga River – the land of the Volga Tatars, a Turkic people commonly associated with Chinggis (Genghis) Khaan’s hordes. It is about 150 years older than Moscow definitely has much to offer for a curious traveller. Multicultural, multinational, friendly and peaceful, eclectic, modern and one of a kind – Kazan is a precious asset of Russia.The name of the city originates from the word “qazan” which in Tatar means a “boiler” or “cauldron”. The historical symbol of Kazan is a mythical dragon-creature Zilant often mentioned in local legends. The city owns its own Kremlin, a metro line, quite an impressive number of theaters and one of the biggest mosques in Russia.

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Places to visit in Kazan

Kazan Kremlin

Kazan’s striking Kremlin has a decidedly Islamic character, owing to the city’s large Muslim population and is home to government offices, pleasant parks, museums, the enormous Kul Sharif Mosque and other religious buildings. Among the highlights are the Hermitage Kazan gallery and the Tatarstan Museum of Natural History.

The Temple of All Religions
It is is a unique architectural complex, a sacred site, which features multiple architectural styles , sits just outside Kazan’s city center.

Kazan Kremlin

Kazan’s striking Kremlin has a decidedly Islamic character, owing to the city’s large Muslim population and is home to government offices, pleasant parks, museums, the enormous Kul Sharif Mosque and other religious buildings. Among the highlights are the Hermitage Kazan gallery and the Tatarstan Museum of Natural History. 

Soviet Lifestyle Museum
Kazan’s most unusual museum, packed with Soviet trinkets proves that Russia’s socialist epoch had a serious impact on a lively contemporary cultural scene back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Kul Sharif Mosque

was completed in 2005 and is named after the imam who died defending the city against the troops of Ivan the Terrible in 1552. The museum inside tells the story of Islam, especially on the Volga, and includes manuscripts, some pieces of furniture and traditional women’s costumes.

Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral
is a Russian Orthodox church built in 1722 – one of the most famous churches in Naryshkin Baroque (also called Moscow Baroque, or Muscovite Baroque, is the name given to a particular style of Baroque architectureand decoration which was fashionable in Moscow from the turn of the 17th into the early 18th centuries). The temple is consecrated in honour of heavenly Tsar Peter I of Russia patron.

Annunciation Cathedral
The attractive Annunciation Cathedral represents Russian Orthodox Christianity. Built on the foundations of a razed eight-minaret mosque, it was designed by Postnik Yakovlev, who was also responsible for St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. The Cathedral was several times destroyed over the centuries but was restored in the 1990s and finally re-opened for visitors in 2005.

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