Kazan is a city in southwest Russia, on the banks of the Volga and Kazanka rivers. The capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, a semi-autonomous region, it’s known for the centuries-old Kazan Kremlin, a fortified citadel containing museums and sacred sites. Kremlin landmarks include the tiered Tower of Soyembika, the blue-and-gold domed Annunciation Cathedral and the vast, colorful Kul Sharif Mosque.
Built on the order of the grand prince of Moscow named Ivan IV Vasilyevich, Kazan Kremlin is a World Heritage Site and so a lot of tourists come to witness its beauty and grandeur. This site includes a lot of eminent buildings that you can explore. The oldest building situated here is the Annunciation Cathedral which was built in 1154. Like most of the buildings located at this site, this Cathedral is also made of local pale sandstone. Kazan Kremlin is the only remaining Tatar fortress in Russia and you ought to visit it.
Kul Sharif Mosque
The main mosque of the Republic of Tatarstan and one of the city’s most beautiful buildings is also located in the grounds of the Kremlin. A mosque stood on the site back in ancient times but was destroyed during the seizure of Kazan in 1552. It wasn’t rebuilt until 2005 and, until the huge mosque opened in Grozny, was the biggest in Russia. The interactive Museum of Islamic Culture at semi-basement level is also worth a visit.
Temple Of All Religions
Famed as the Universal temple is located in the Staroye Arakchino Microdistrict of Kazan in Tatarstan. This magnificent architectural complex is one of the most famous places to visit in Kazan, Russia and you must add it on your itinerary. This temple is under construction since 1992 and has several types of religious architecture like a mosque, Orthodox church, and a synagogue which are an eminent part of this complex. This temple is also known as the temple of culture and truth which makes a worth visiting spot.
Taste Tatar cuisine
Echpochmak, smetannik, peremyach, bokkan, and baursak – you must try these! To appreciate real homemade Tatar cuisine and a Soviet ambiance at the same time, you can go to the Tea House at 64 Bauman Street. The place is indeed reminiscent of a Soviet canteen, but the locals are fond of it and many come here for lunch.
Palace of Farmers
This building proudly calls itself a “palace” and attracts tourists from all over the world. The Palace of Farmers houses the Ministry of Agriculture but not all locals appreciate its splendor: Activists campaigned against the modern Baroque Revival style during its construction from 2008-10. Some people think it’s tasteless and ugly. What do you think?