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Kazan is a very contrasting city, which combines original Russian cultural traditions and Tatar mentality. Many visiting Russians feel themselves to be foreigners in Kazan, because Tatar is widely spoken in the city. Local people piously respect the ancient traditions and do not forget about their origin. At the same time, Kazan is part of Russia, and this fact is also treated with due respect.
Night life in Kazan is very diverse. As in any major city, there are many nightclubs that offer an entertainment program for every taste. There are clubs for people who prefer not to spend a … Open
The exact date of the foundation of the city is unknown, but its age is for sure more than a thousand years. The official date of the founding of the city is 1005, but new archaeological findings indicate that Kazan is exactly several dozen years older. The Kazan Kremlin is the main city landmark, which was built during the reign of Ivan the Terrible. It was built by Smolensk masters, who at that time were considered the best masons.
Kazan is a city of two world religions; along with Orthodox churches there are many mosques. Religious buildings are rightfully considered to be city's decorations. Among the sights of Kazan, the leaning tower is of special interest, with which is connected a beautiful legend about the Kazan queen. According to legend, Queen Syuyumbike was so beautiful that no one could resist her beauty. She was conquered by Ivan the Terrible himself, who sent her matchmakers. The queen, who hated the terrible Russian tsar, said that she would marry him only if he built a tower in a week. When the messengers of Ivan the Terrible met the deadline, Syuyumbike climbed to the top of the tower and threw herself down from it, only to not belong to the Russian Tsar. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
1. At the Kazan railway station, cash desks always have large queues, where you can stand for hours. It is best to book tickets on the website of the Russian Railways. The price will be … Open
Also, Kazan surprises with the location of the smallest subway in Europe located here. Inside the metro does not look diminutive: there are spacious vestibules, modern escalators, and many other things that were done counting on a large flow of tourists and locals. But there are only five metro stations in Kazan, and therefore locals prefer to travel to other destinations by other forms of public transport. The famous Kazan University operates in the city, and therefore a significant part of its residents are students. The favorite place for students to relax is the benches near the university, located in a semicircle; the locals call them a "frying pan". Here youths likes to gather, and often play songs with a guitar.
Kazan is one of richest Russian cities in attractions. The main historical symbol of the city is the Kazan Kremlin. This architectural complex includes constructions of the 12th-20th centuries. It is unique because its exterior amazingly combines Western and Eastern traditions. Near the Orthodox temple, you can see an incredibly beautiful mosque. There is the Turkic tower near luxurious mansions in European style. It is just impossible to look over all the Kremlin attractions in just one day.
Rest in Kazan is simply impossible to imagine without visiting popular restaurants, this city has embodied all the best traditions of the national Tatar cuisine. Tatars who lived on the … Open
Another interesting attraction is the Temple of All Religions. This religious monument has a lot of architectural peculiarities. The author of this unusual temple’s project was the humanist Ildar Hasanov. He managed to create the project of the temple that combines 16 confessions. The construction is a difficult asymmetrical complex with domes and towers in all the colors of the rainbow. On the facade, you can see windows of different shape and size, arches, and other unusual decorative elements. Since its construction, no religious events have been held in this temple. It has only an architectural value.
The Palace of Farmers has a special value among architectural monuments of Kazan. With its exterior, it resembles luxurious palaces built in the period between the 18th-19th centuries in Italy. Actually, this luxurious building was built not so long ago, in 2010. Today, this belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture of Tatarstan. The temple is surrounded by the beautiful landscape garden.
The sights of Kazan amaze with its magnificence and diversity, among which is an old building of the Kazan railway station, located in the heart of the city. Equally beautiful are the … Open
Another historical monument is Shamil’s House. This beautiful mansion was built in the 19th century. The family of the famous imam Shamil lived here. At the beginning of the 20th century, this historical building was almost destroyed in a fire but then was reconstructed fast. After the Revolution of 1917, all the values were withdrawn out of the mansion and it was rebuilt into the house. People had lived here until 1981. In 1986, the mansion was turned into the museum dedicated to the works of the famous poet Gabdulla Tukai.
Qolşärif Mosque in Kazan Kremlin. (Tatarstan, Russia) Near it, there is another luxurious monument of the early 20th century, Ushakov’s House. This mansion was built by the famous merchant Alexey Ushakov for his bride. Since its construction and up to this day, the house is considered as one of the most beautiful in Kazan.
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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Kazan
♥   Shopping area ' Baumana Street' Kazan, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Kremlyovskaya Street' Kazan, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Pushkina Street' Kazan, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Kazan
♥   Castle 'Kazan Kremlin' , 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Kazan
♥   National Park 'Mary Chodra' , 57 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Kazan from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Kul Sharif Mosque

From the series “Top Largest and Famous Mosques Worldwide”
The chandeliers and other lighting things were made by the scratches of famous Tatar artists in the Czech Republic. A marvellous carpet for the main praying hall is a handmade work of Iran people. Apart from the luxurious decoration, the mosque has a number of interesting things. In the main hall have placed books with names of all people who gave money for the building. When the mosque was opened, it got as a present the best Koran books wrote on different languages. All visitors can see these books in the mosque. Today the wonderful mosque is added to the UNESCO´s list of World Heritage Sites. … Read further
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