Kazan is one of the most beautiful cities in Russia, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. This is one of the largest religious, economic, political, cultural centers of Russia. Also, the city is considered a major river port.
The population of Kazan is 1 million 200 thousand people. The history of this city has survived a millennium. Kazan which combines cultures of the east and the west.
1. Kazan Kremlin
This is the most popular place among tourists. This is not only a historical complex that has gathered on its territory the most famous sights and museums of the city, but also the opportunity to take walks along the cobblestone pavement of medieval streets from the time of the Golden Horde.
The territory of the Kazan Kremlin is so large that you can wander for hours here, look at the white stone walls, admire the buildings in the form of towers and feel like a resident of the ancient city.
Kremlin opening hours - daily, round-the-clock Admission is free.
2. Kul-Sharif Mosque
The main mosque of the city is named after the brave mullah, who defended the building from the attacks of Ivan and Grozny and paid for it with his life. Unfortunately, this did not save the mosque from destruction and fire. All these tall minarets and a building made of white granite were built in our time.
Marble floors, a huge crystal chandelier and the interior of the mosque make it look like a palace.
Entrance to the mosque is free and open to tourists, however, like in all religious institutions, appropriate clothing is needed. Opening hours daily from 9:00 to 19:30.
3. Syuyumbike Tower
It is not necessary to go to Italy to see one of the wonders of the world - the leaning tower. You may also come to Kazan to see the Syuyumbike tower.
In fact, the Suyumbike tower has a sad history. One of the legends says that the tower was erected by order of Ivan the Terrible for the Tatar queen Syuyumbike, who later dropped from this tower, so much was her unwillingness to marry the king. Perhaps under the load of such events the tower tilted a little and froze in this position for many years.
4. Presidential palace
Three styles harmoniously combined with each other in the design of the facede. The history of the palace suggests that the most significant people of the city lived and worked in it - Kazan khans, governors, commandant and the Presidium of the Supreme Council. The Presidential Palace occupies the highest point of the Kazan Kremlin, so from here you can see the whole Kremlin, in full view.
5. Blagoveshchensky cathedral
It is difficult not to notice it, its snow-white façade and its bright blue domes. It exactly repeats the colors of the Kul Sharif mosque, but it is several centuries older. In fact, it is the most “adult” building on the territory of the Kazan Kremlin.
Tourists have much to see in the temple: dozens of icons, relics of saints and ancient manuscripts are stored here.
Hours of the Annunciation Cathedral daily from 9:00 to 19:30 Entrance to the Cathedral is free, you need closed clothing and a hat.
6. Pedestrian Bauman Street.
This is the main party place not only for all tourists in Kazan, but also for street musicians, traveling artists and artists. Bauman Street has a length of two kilometers and begins at the Kazan Kremlin. By the way, if you come to Kazan on your own, you can settle right at the Kremlin walls. On Bauman Street, there are not only souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants, but also hotels with amazing views.
7. Monument to Cat Kazan
Tourists are always crowding around a stone cat to take a photo and rub his stomach, supposedly it will bring prosperity and good luck. No one knows where such a belief came from, but the fact that the cat itself is a favorite sculpture of all Kazan and visitors is a fact.
8. Kazan Bogoroditsky monastery
Not far from Bauman Street, 400 meters from the walls of the Kazan Kremlin stands the Kazan Bogoroditsky Monastery, which is famous for the fact that in its walls, once there was one of the most revered icons of Orthodox believers - the Kazan icon of the Mother of God.
Many legends about miracles were associated with this icon, so pilgrims came to it from all over the country to pray and leave a note with their wishes written. The soldiers believed that the icon brought the victory to the army.
9. Palace of Farmers
The Palace of Farmers has something to surprise sophisticated tourists, in the center of its arch there is a huge monumental tree made of bronze - a symbol of prosperity. It was not planted here by chance; now the Ministry of Agriculture is working in this building. The Park of the Palace of Farmers, which offers stunning views of the Kazan Kremlin and attractions.
10. Staro-Tatar Sloboda
This is another historical place of Kazan with architectural buildings of past centuries, which is no less significant for the city than the Kazan Kremlin.
After the seizure of power by Ivan the Terrible, the Tatars were completely evicted from Kazan. They had built a town in which they built mosques and houses in the national style, which today have been successfully restored and preserved to this day. In Freedom lived not only peasants, but well-to-do merchants and merchants. The rich townspeople left their estates, which bear the names of their owners, and to this day, there are shops in the courtyards - dairy, fish and others.