The temple of all religions (otherwise – the Ecumenical temple, and officially – "International Center for Cultural Unity") is an architectural treasure highly appreciated by tourists from many countries.
Syuyumbike leaning tower is one of Kazan’s most popular and mysterious landmarks.
The Kazan Kremlin is a unique place where cultures of more than 100 ethnic groups adjoin, forming a single space filled with charming legends and customs. To visit Kazan and pass by the Kremlin is the same as to come to Moscow and voluntarily refuse to visit the Red Square.
Tourist routes in the iconic cities of Russia run through the territory of historical centers. In Kazan, the main "artery", attracting travelers with an abundance of attractions – pedestrian street Bauman.
A peculiar tourist Mecca of Tatarstan is the city of Bolgar (it is also called Bulgar, Great Bulgarians), built at the beginning of the X century. But the first human settlements here appeared much earlier. The high bank of the Volga was a convenient place to base a settlement.
In the Zelenodolsk district of the Republic of Tatarstan there is an interesting and unique settlement – the town-village of Sviyazhsk, located on the same-named island.
Kazan mosque Kul Sharif (tat. "Kol Shrif mәchete") – a unique place, permeated with spiritual energy, a place to which people come from many cities of Russia and countries of the world.
Kazan has always stood apart among the largest Russian cities. The capital of the proud Tatar people keeps the breath of hundreds of years of history, and its cultural heart is embodied in the Kazan Kremlin. The Annunciation Cathedral of Kazan is one of the oldest and most beautiful architectural monuments of the city on the territory of the Kremlin; not a single tourist route goes without visiting it.
Epiphany Cathedral of Kazan – one of the famous religious landmarks of the city. Hundreds of thousands of tourists from different parts of Russia, Europe and the whole world come here every year.
Hotel and entertainment complex "Kazan Riviera" located on the bank of the Kazanka River, not far from the Kazan Kremlin.
Kazan is rightly called the third capital of Russia. This is one of the most beautiful and convenient for living megalopolises. The architecture of the city harmoniously combines the traditions of the East and the West. An example of such a building is the Palace of Farmers. It is located on Palace Square, not far from the Kazan Kremlin. The building was built for the millennium of the city (2005).
In the center of Kazan on Freedom Square there is the Town Hall, which was the home of meetings and meetings of nobles in the 19th century, in the 20th century it was the meeting place and meeting of officers, and in the 21st century, Kazan and guests of the city.
Remembering the amazing city of Kazan, every Orthodox person first of all associates him with the place where he acquired the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary and the monastery created in her honor. The venerated place by Christians – the Kazan Mother of God Monastery or the temple of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God – is located on Bolshaya Krasnaya Street, in the center of the city.
Kazan Zoobotanichesky Garden is one of the oldest places of this level in Europe. In addition, this is the only place in Russia where the zoological and botanical collections of specimens from opposite corners of the planet surprisingly coexist together.
“They were born in the horse’s saddle and died sitting in the saddle,” – so they once talked about Tatar men. In the old days it was impossible to imagine a Tatar without a horse. In the 21st century, you can see a Tatar in the saddle either in the village or on the territory of the famous Kazan hippodrome.
From the white stone walls of the Kremlin to the building of the National Cultural Center “Kazan” lies the Kremlin Embankment. In the summer, it’s just a pleasure to walk around, sit down at a table in one of the cozy cafes or restaurants, go rollerblading or cycling, and skate in winter.
Even after the conquest of Kazan in 1552 by Ivan IV the Terrible, the Tatar people continued to adhere to their usual way of life and practice their traditional religion – Islam. From the end of the 16th century, the policy of the violent Christianization of the Tatar people began.
If in other regions of Russia, according to the tradition, dear guests are greeted with bread and salt, then in Tatarstan – with chak-chak. That this is one of the dishes of the national Tatar cuisine, many people know.
In the capital of Tatarstan and around the city a lot of different reservoirs: large and small, deep and not very. But the most famous reservoir is Kaban Lake, which has become one of the symbols of Kazan.
Although almost everyone likes seals, fluffy purrs are rarely used in heraldry or as unofficial emblems. The capital of Tatarstan was lucky: one of the symbols of the city is the Kazan Cat, whose images can be seen everywhere.
Gorky Park in Kazan – one of the most popular holiday destinations of citizens. Founded in the XIX century, Gorky Park them. Gorky immediately became a favorite place of citizens and guests of the city.
Kazan is a fabulously beautiful city, which is famous for its many significant sights and architectural monuments. Victory Memorial Park in Kazan is the property of the republican level. Its area is about 50 hectares.
The Peter and Paul Cathedral in Kazan is a unique architectural monument of the regional level in the style of Russian baroque of the Peter the Great epoch. Like most churches of the Russian Empire, it was created and restored after numerous fires with the blessing of the imperial court, but at the expense of merchants-patrons of art.
At 27 kilometers from Kazan, there is a church, the name of which comes from the Hebrew word "Raifa" – "God stored". Raifa Monastery – "God stored place".
Kazan Arena is the most capacious stadium in Russia (45,379 spectators) today, while the St. Petersburg football stadium is not completed "Zenit Arena"and Moscow "Luzhniki" is under reconstruction.
The history of the settlement begins after the seizure of the future capital of Tatarstan, Ivan the Terrible in 1552, when all Tatar Muslims are evicted from the upper part of the city, outside the posad territory.
Sports and Concert Complex "Tatneft Arena" It is one of the largest ice rinks in Russia and the eastern part of Europe. The building was opened on August 29, 2005, during the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of Kazan.
The magic, unique, fascinating world that exists in parallel reality is the world of the Kazan Puppet Theater "Ekiat". If you have not seen a single submission – you have lost a lot.
The Tatar State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater named after Musa Jalil is one of the oldest Russian musical institutions.
In the name of the capital of Tatarstan historically laid the symbol of the world – the bowl. Translated from ancient Bulgarian "cauldron" – this is a boiler. It was precisely this value that the architects of the local family center held.
Opening of the exhibition center "Hermitage-Kazan" happened in 2005 and was timed to the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the city.
What to see in Kazan
The third capital of Russia, Kazan is a city with a thousand-year history, modern and archaic at the same time. Only here are the cultures of East and West intertwined, orthodoxy and Islam coexist peacefully, on the streets you can see architectural structures of past eras and futuristic skyscrapers, mosques and Orthodox churches, residents and tourists of different nationalities. But special attention deserve the sights of Kazan, which reflect its centuries-old history.
Monuments, museums, monasteries, temples, unique historical and cultural buildings – all these sights of the capital of Tatarstan were created under the influence of Russian and Tatar traditions. Most of them are located in the so-called "Old Kazan" – the historical and cultural center of the city. Here it was possible to preserve the architectural ensembles of the past years – buildings of the XIX century, patrimonial mansions and merchant houses. Discover such an amazing place by reading the unique monuments of architecture, culture and religion. Our site contains the most interesting places in Kazan with photos and descriptions.
Sights of Kazan: where to go
The main attraction of the city is the Kazan Kremlin, founded in the 10th century and rebuilt by order of Ivan the Terrible. This is a snow-white medieval building, whose age is very solid – more than 1000 years. It is officially listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is impossible to be in Kazan and not visit this place. This is a kind of business card of the city, so if you do not know what to see in Kazan in the first place, go to the Kremlin.
Sights such as the Kul Sharif Mosque, the Spasskaya Tower and the Annunciation Cathedral are concentrated on the territory of the Kremlin. The construction of the Kul-Sharif mosque was completed in 2005, it was named after the last imam of Kazan, Seid Kul Sharif. This is a reconstruction of the old mosque of the Kazan Khanate, destroyed during the storming of the city in 1552. Going inside the main mosque of Tatarstan tourists is not prohibited, but you must respect the traditions and religion and be inside in closed clothes.
There is also its own "falling down" Syuyumbike tower, with which many legends and traditions are associated. Word of mouth conveys the myth of how the proud Tatar queen dropped down from this tower, not wanting to obey Ivan the Terrible, who had besieged the city. The fact is only one – its spire deviates a few meters from the base.
The Kazan Kremlin stands on the high bank of two rivers of the Volga and Kazanka, so many come here not only to touch the history, but also to admire the picturesque landscapes.
So, from the observation deck near the Taynitskaya Tower there is a stunning panoramic view of Kazan and the surrounding area. From here, the historical streets, the circus building and the registry office, the central stadium, the shopping complex in the form of a huge glass pyramid and even the Volga River in the distance are well visible. At the site behind the Cathedral of the Annunciation, you can enjoy the view of the Millennium Bridge and the Kazan Arena Stadium.
The official residence of the President of Tatarstan, erected in the XIX century by architect K. Ton, famous for his work on the project of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, is located on the territory of the Kremlin.
A pedestrian walk along the Bauman Street, located in the city center, will also provide unforgettable impressions. This is a cult place that you should definitely include in your itinerary. During the tour you can observe the famous sights of Kazan – the bell tower of the Epiphany Cathedral, the restored hotel building "Kazan", "zero kilometer"Theater them. Kachalov, the House of Printing, a monument to the legendary Fyodor Shalyapin, numerous souvenir shops and fashion boutiques in ancient buildings of the XIX century and much more. A special delight of tourists is caused by the monument to Kot Kazansky – a kind of embodiment of the famous cats presented to Catherine the Great for getting rid of mice living in the Winter Palace. Nearby is the monument to the coach, on which the empress went on a trip to Kazan.
Rest in Kazan in the summer
It is believed that the best time to visit Kazan is summer. At this time, the parks are buried in verdure, the scent of flowering plants fills the air, the main squares include fountains, and jazz festivals are organized on the streets – the city is changing. Travelers from different countries come to see a cascade of colored fountains on Lake Kaban. This is a truly vivid and impressive sight that will remain in memory for a long time!
What to see in Kazan in the winter
The question of where to go in the capital of Tatarstan in the winter, is quite easy to decide – there are all conditions for outdoor activities. Thus, a large number of indoor skating rinks in the city, including the largest skating rink in Tatarstan’s Kazan Arena stadium, are popular with the outdoor ice rink of the Palace of Sports. Fans of alpine skiing and snowboarding can visit the modern ski complex “Kazan”, located outside the city limits.
Protracted frosts and low temperatures are not typical for the Kazan winter, so a walk through the snowy city will be comfortable and enjoyable. At this time, you can safely explore all the beautiful places, take a photo of attractions without crowds of tourists in the background, visit exhibitions in museums and a circus show. On the New Year holidays, you should go to a traditional exhibition of ice sculptures, which is organized near the Raifa Monastery. Welcome to Kazan!