Situated where the Volga meets the Kazanka River, the eclectic city of Kazan is a modern day melting-pot of both Eastern and European cultures. From azure topped mosques to baroque cathedrals, the city’s rich Tatar and Russian history is evident in the architecture and its people. Lose yourself the the diversity of this glorious city with our tips on how to best discover Kazan.
Be inspired by the incredible collections at the Hermitage-Kazan. The world-class exhibitions often travel from St. Petersburg’s Hermitage with a focus on classicism.
The Hermitage-Kazan,Proyezd Shaykmana 12, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 567-80-34
Destroyed by Ivan the Terrible in 1552, this resplendent mosque was only rebuilt 2005. The museum inside focuses on the history of Islam in the Volga region.
Kul Sharif Mosque, Proyezd Sheykmana, Kazan Russia, +7 843 567-80-77
Brainchild of local artist and philanthropist Ilda Khanov, the design for this multi-faith place of worship was inspired by sixteen major religions. Built and maintained by Khanov and his assistants, it also serves as their residence.
Temple of All Religions, Old Arakchino 4, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 526-85-83
Playing no small part in Kazan earning the title as Russia’s sporting capital, the stadium will host 2018 FIFA World Cup games including a quarterfinal. A word-class arena, it was designed by the same team behind the Sochi Olympic Stadium.
Kazan Arena, Prospekt Khusaina Yamasheva 115 А, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 245-34-34
According to local folklore, Princess Suyumbike threw herself off the top of the tower to avoid having to marry Ivan the Terrible, however it is estimated that the tower was built over a hundred years after Ivan stormed Kazan.
Kazan’s main pedestrian artery, Bauman Street keeps locals going day and night. Filled with bars, shops, souvenirs and historic buildings, it is well worth a stroll down the strip any time of day.
A massive cauldron-like structure, up to 100 couples can simultaneously get married in this purpose built building. A two-storey observation deck boasting a splendid view of the Kremlin across the Kazanka River is a treat to those who leave with their marital status intact.
Kazan Family Centre, ul. Sibgata Khakima 4, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 590-11-53
Built in just two years, the new home of the Ministry of Agriculture typifies baroque grandiosity. Intricately designed, an enormous bronze tree is the building’s centrepiece while metal sculptures of Zilant, Kazan’s city emblem, also features in the design concept.
Built to commemorate Peter the Great’s visit to the city, this Russian Orthodox church is an ornate gem of Naryshkin baroque architecture.
SS Peter and Paul Cathedral ul. Musy Dzhalilya, 21, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 292-08-41
Kazan’s insignia, Zilant, is part dragon, bird, canine and snake. Multiple and conflicting stories make up its legend, but Zilant has been coming and going as the city’s official symbol since Ivan the Terrible.
Stroll through the brightly coloured collection of traditionally decorated wooden houses that mark the spot where ethnic Tatars were forced to live during the Siege of Kazan in 1552.
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A Soviet Tatar poet and resistance fighter, Musa Jalil was captured and then executed by the Nazis in 1944. This contemplative statue was erected in his honour.
Designed by Postnik Yakovlev, the architect behind Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathedral, the church has been destroyed and rebuilt many times since it was built in the 16th century. Restored to its current state in 2005, the interior iconostasis, while new, holds figures and statues that date back centuries.
Wander along the banks of the Kaban Lakes to enjoy the water, admire the gardens and to soak up daily life.