Kazan

Kazan - the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, the so-called third capital of Russia, located on the left bank of the Volga River, 800 miles east of Moscow. This is one of the most beautiful cities in Russia, ranking among the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides, Kazan could claim even on the status of one of the most tolerant cities in the world: during the thousand-year history in the Tatar Babylon traditions of many cultures and religions have been tightly intertwined.

 

Kazan is called the most eastern town of the west and the westernmost of the east. Here, live side by side once irreconcilable Tatars and Russians, on the same street neighbor Orthodox churches and Muslim mosques. Even in the territory of the Kazan Kremlin - the main attraction of the city, which is no exaggeration to call it the "heart", there are peacefully side by side an Orthodox Cathedral of the XVI century and  the main mosque of all Tatars Kul-Sharif.

 

Here you can walk around the Old Tatar settlement of old merchant houses and mosques, see the local pendant tower Syuyumbike, visit the famous Temple of all religions in the village of Old Akchino, try tutyrma - juicy sausages with various fillings - in the "House of Tatar cuisine" as well as the freshest chak-chak with mare's milk in the "Tea House", to buy ornate embroidered national headwear – skull-cap and kalyapush. There are also several noteworthy metro stations such as "Kremlin", "Area G. Tukai" etc. Kazan Museums are of particular interes: National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Museum of Kayum Nasyri.

 

Preserving and protecting its rich and ancient history, Kazan is not afraid of anything new. It is certainly might be called a modern metropolis. Moreover, it is probably one of the sportiest cities in Russia: numerous world-class important sporting events such as the Universiade, World Aquatics, Football Championships have been taken place in Kazan or have been assigned for the near future.

​Once arrived in Kazan, you will want to return again and again.

 

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