The capital of Tatarstan Republic is one of the most visited cities in Russia. Sometimes referred to as ‘the third capital of Russia’, the city is notable for the unique blend of Muslim and Christian cultures. Fancy Islam mosques sitting alongside beautiful Orthodox churches, Europe’s largest Volga River, large-scale sports events and numerous beautiful historical sites attract visitors from all over the world.
To feel the ‘pulse’ of the city, head straight to its central pedestrian Baumana street paved with multicolored stones and lined with beautiful historical buildings, restaurants, shops and souvenir stalls. Note the metal statue of Alybras cat — the unofficial symbol of Kazan.
Located nearby is the true ‘gem’ of the city — the UNESCO-guarded snow-white Kremlin with the legendary Suyumbike Tower, the spectacular Kul Sharif mosque (open for tourists) and other famous landmarks. Also in a walking distance, is another famous site of Kazan — the ‘Palace’ embankment lined with beautiful Empire-style buildings.
Obviously, the big city with a rich history has a lot more to offer. Other must-see landmarks include: the Cathedral of Peter and Paul Apostles, the Agricultural Palace, the Temple of All Religions, the Musa Jalil Statue, the Monument to Echpochmak Tatar Pie… You can’t name them all! Do not hesitate to plan your trip here, you will not regret it!