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  • Annunciation (Blagoveshchenskyi) cathedral

    Location: Kazan, Sheynkman Str.

    The cathedral is a unique 16th century monument, the most ancient of the Orthodox cathedrals in the central Volga region. Pskov master builders under the direction of the famous Postnik Yakovlev built it in 1556. Originally it was made entirely of stone with 6 columns, 5 cupolas and 5 apses, and with two chapels on either side or a porch running between them which curved round the central cube of the cathedral. This, the main Christian place of worship in Kazan, had additions made to it right up to the middle of the 19th century. The architecture of the cathedral displays traditions from different schools and different periods. From its initial form the central body of the cathedral with the one middle drum has survived to this day as have three apses, the foundations of the two stone side-chapels, traces of the interior fresco and a number of decorative elements. An addition to the number of unique items worth seeing at the cathedral is a stone with an inscription in Arabic of an epigraphic nature, which was discovered in the ancient wall masonry under a layer of plaster in the course of restoration work. The builders used it as a door crosspiece.

     

     

     

  • Cathedral of the Epiphany (Bogoyavlenskyi sobor)

    Location: Kazan, Bauman Str. 78 (see the map below

    The church was built from 1731 to 1776 with funds donated by a well-known Kazan factory owner I.A.Mikhlyaev and the merchant S.A.Chernov and is a typical monument of Kazan architecture from the first half of the 18th century in the baroque style. The bell tower, which replaced an earlier structure at the turn of the present century, was designed by architect M.Mikhailov. This impressive tall tower of 74 m is made of red brick and has the stamp of pseudo-Russian style, what you can notice by patterned surface. The cathedral is one of the most memorable and eye-catching buildings in the old part or the city.

     

    Cathedral of the Epiphany (Bogoyavlenskyi sobor), Tatarstan, Russia, tourism, travel, cities, districts, sightseeing, tourist, visitor, tourist attractions, places to visit, monuments, local culture, cultural tourism, local tourism
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    Cathedral of the Epiphany (Bogoyavlenskyi sobor), Tatarstan, Russia, tourism, travel, cities, districts, sightseeing, tourist, visitor, tourist attractions, places to visit, monuments, local culture, cultural tourism, local tourismPhoto: Sergei i Masha Popovy, www.sobory.ru

    Cathedral of the Epiphany (Bogoyavlenskyi sobor), Tatarstan, Russia, tourism, travel, cities, districts, sightseeing, tourist, visitor, tourist attractions, places to visit, monuments, local culture, cultural tourism, local tourism Photo:Sergei i Masha Popovy, www.sobory.ru

    Cathedral of the Epiphany (Bogoyavlenskyi sobor), Tatarstan, Russia, tourism, travel, cities, districts, sightseeing, tourist, visitor, tourist attractions, places to visit, monuments, local culture, cultural tourism, local tourism Photo:Vasiliy Shelyomin, www.sobory.ru

    Cathedral of the Epiphany (Bogoyavlenskyi sobor), Tatarstan, Russia, tourism, travel, cities, districts, sightseeing, tourist, visitor, tourist attractions, places to visit, monuments, local culture, cultural tourism, local tourism Photo:Mikhail Sukhanov, www.sobory.ru

     

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  • Kazan Kremlin State Historical and Architectural museum-reserve

    Location: Kazan Kremlin, Kazan (see the location map below

    Kazan Kremlin State Historical and Architectural museum-reserve is a unique complex, of historical and architectural monuments, a mixture of Tatar and Russia heritage.

    The museum complex is an object of historical and cultural heritage of the state significance, and an object of cultural heritage of Tatarstan.

    Since 2000 the Kazan Kremlin is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    For more information visit https://kazan-kremlin.ru/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kremlinmuseum 

     

    The Kazan Kremlin, Tatarstan, Russia, tourism, travel, cities, districts, sightseeing, tourist, visitor, tourist attractions, places to visit, monuments, local culture, cultural tourism, local tourismPhoto: Andrey Roshektaev

    The Kazan Kremlin, Tatarstan, Russia, tourism, travel, cities, districts, sightseeing, tourist, visitor, tourist attractions, places to visit, monuments, local culture, cultural tourism, local tourismPhoto: Andrey Roshektaev

    Suyumbike Tower at The Kazan Kremlin, Tatarstan, Russia, tourism, travel, cities, districts, sightseeing, tourist, visitor, tourist attractions, places to visit, monuments, local culture, cultural tourism, local tourismPhoto: Andrey Roshektaev

    Suyumbike Tower at The Kazan Kremlin, Tatarstan, Russia, tourism, travel, cities, districts, sightseeing, tourist, visitor, tourist attractions, places to visit, monuments, local culture, cultural tourism, local tourismPhoto: Andrey Roshektaev

    View from the Kremlin on the Kazanka river, Tatarstan, Russia, tourism, travel, cities, districts, sightseeing, tourist, visitor, tourist attractions, places to visit, monuments, local culture, cultural tourism, local tourismPhoto: Andrey Roshektaev

    At the Kremlin, Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia, tourism, travel, cities, districts, sightseeing, tourist, visitor, tourist attractions, places to visit, monuments, local culture, cultural tourism, local tourismPhoto: Andrey Roshektaev

     

     

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  • Kul-Sharif mosque

    Location: Kazan, Sheynkman Str. (see the map below

    According to Russian chronicles, somewhere here the legendary eight-minarets Kul-Sharif mosque stood, the form of which evidently influenced the design of St. Basil’s cathedral in Moscow, which was erected in 1552 in honour of the capture of Kazan, a church of an unusual construction for Russian architecture. The exact site of the mosque, which has gone down in history under the name of its Imam Said Kul-Sharif who led the defence of this part of the city in 1552, remains undetermined to this day. However, the image of the mosque turned out to be very strong in the minds of the Tatar people. And after almost five centuries the decision was taken to erect a new mosque with that name in the grounds of the Kazan Kremlin, in the courtyard of the former cadet school.

     

    Kul-Sharif mosque in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia, tourism, travel, cities, districts, sightseeing, tourist, visitor, tourist attractions, places to visit, monuments, local culture, cultural tourism, local tourism

    Kul-Sharif mosque in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia, tourism, travel, cities, districts, sightseeing, tourist, visitor, tourist attractions, places to visit, monuments, local culture, cultural tourism, local tourism

     

     

     

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  • Nikolo-Nizskaya church at the Nilol'skyi cathedral

    Location: Kazan, Bauman Str. 5

    This is a complex of churches from the beginning of the 18th to the second half of the 19th century: the Pokrovskaya church with bell tower (1703) and the Nikola Nizskaya church (1885). Before the service and especially church festivals the sound of the bells carries from here all over the surrounding area. The Pokrovskaya church and a bell tower, what were built in 1703, are valuable monuments of Russian baroque of the early 18th century. Inside the church there are frescoes covering the arches, tiers and pillars and also an iconostasis in very good condition. The five-tier bell tower is building was until recently the only surviving example in the city of the glazed, scaly ceramic tiles which were widespread in Kazan in the 18th century. In 1885 in place of the Nikolskyi chapel, which had become dilapidated a new church was built onto the Pokrovskaya church from the southern side and was given the name of Nikolo-Nizskaya church.

     

     

  • Nizhnekamsk cathedral mosque

    Location: Nizhnekamsk, Prospekt Khimikov, 59

    The biggest mosque in Russia was opened in 1996 on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the town. The building of original architectural design has no cupola but four minarets: three of them are 66 m with a madrasah and one at the central entrance is 5 m higher. This is a whole religious complex with a madrasah, a library and a hotel. The interior decor of the mosque includes 1000 m² of carpets, the walls and steps of the main staircase are finished in marble. In the three prayer halls (the main one is 900 m²) over a thousand people can pray at the same time.

     

     

     

  • Peter and Paul (Petropavlovskyi) cathedral

    Location: Kazan, Musa Dzhalil Str. 21

    The cathedral was built in 1723-1726 in memory of Peter the Great’s visit to Kazan, in place of the wooden Petrovskaya Church. The Peter and Paul cathedral is the most valuable example of Russian baroque architecture of the beginning of the 18th century. Unfortunately, time has not preserved the names of the creators of this remarkable building. The church and bell tower decorated as they are by a fantastic interwoven design of branches, grasses and grapevines, and painted in bright shades. The two-tier vaulted building of the church, which rises to a height of 52 metres, is skirted by an open curved gallery, which is reached by two main porches, one from the southwest, the other – from the north. Once on the gallery there is opportunity to notice how well chosen the location and architectural design of the building are. From the bell town there is a wonderful view of the city.