Kazan: Main Attractions or Reasons Why

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Kazan is one of the most interesting and unusual cities that can be found in Russia. It is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, which is situated in southeast of Russia. Tatars, the main inhabitants of this region, are a 1500 year-old nation with a rich culture: unique architecture, holidays, cuisine, and clothing.

Tours to Kazan are very popular among Russian people, as well as tourists from abroad. They usually start in spring, when Kazan appears in its glory. Since it is quite a big city, there are many places that should be seen and experienced. Here are several attractions which make Kazan a perfect choice for you if you are looking for an extraordinary place to spend your vacation.

We shall start with Baumana Street, a pedestrian zone situated in the historical center of Kazan. It is one of the oldest streets in the city, which is used as a marketplace and entertainment area today. All the national holidays are held on its grounds, including the National Day of The Tatarstan Republic, probably the most important holiday for the citizens of Kazan. It is beautifully decorated with fountains, benches and flower beds. There are a lot of monuments, souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants. With all of that, Baumana Street is definitely one of the main attractions for all visitors of Kazan.

Baumana Street begins from the Kazan Kremlin, another famous place in the city. It is a large-scale architectural complex and the chief historic citadel of Tatarstan. It was built at the behest of Ivan the Terrible on the ruins of the former castle of Kazan khans. It has several monuments on its territory, including the famous Qol Sharif Mosque, probably the most recognizable building in Kazan. The Kazan Kremlin was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000.

Another religious building which should be explored by each tourist is The Temple of All Religions. It consists of several types of religious architecture including an Orthodox church, a mosque, a synagogue and others. The structure is not an active temple of any one religion, but its mission is the "temple of culture and truth". It has become a popular landmark in the city of Kazan, which takes pride in the peaceful combination of different cultures.

Although there is a great variety of interesting destinations inside Kazan, Sviyazhsk is also worth mentioning. It is a tiny island 57 minutes away from Kazan. Selo Sviyazhsk, situated on its territory, is the only inhabited locality with a population of 259 people. It is famous for its ancient architectural structures, including the Sviyazhskiy Monastery. Sviyazhsk, in the minds of the modern educated person, has become an integral part of the cultural heritage of this multinational republic.


Elizaveta Niazyan 2017


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