• 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 KremlinPhoto: Andrey Roshektaev

    The Kazan KremlinPhoto: Andrey Roshektaev

    Suyumbike Tower at The Kazan KremlinPhoto: Andrey Roshektaev

    Suyumbike Tower at The Kazan KremlinPhoto: Andrey Roshektaev

    View from the Kremlin on the Kazanka riverPhoto: Andrey Roshektaev

    At the KremlinPhoto: Andrey Roshektaev



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  • Raifa Monastery

    Location: Zelenodolsky district, Raifa (see the map bellow

    At this famous monastery on of the most revered Orthodox sacred objects is kept – the Icon of the Georgian Virgin (Ikona Gruzinskoi Bozhiei Materi). It is a highly unusual case in post-revolutionary Russia: the monastery although was totally destroyed and virtually all the churches and buildings have been preserved. The foundation of the Raifa hermitage is linked to the name of the Monk Philaret who in 1613 arrived in Kazan from Moscow to join the fraternity of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky monastery in the Kremlin. However, he found himself on the shore of the lake on the site of the present Raifa hermitage where he built himself a hut and lived in solitude praying to God. As supporters and admirers of Philaret began to appear, there was a need for a prayer house and a wooden chapel was built. After the death of Philaret the hermits asked for the blessing of the Kazan Metropolitan Lavrentyi for the foundation a monastery here, which happened in 1661. The name of the monastery came from one of the gateway churches which was erected in the name of the Holy Fathers murdered in Raifa and Sinai (Raifa is a place on the eastern shore of Red Sea).


    RaifaPhoto: Andrey Roshektaev

    RaifaPhoto: Andrey Roshektaev

    RaifaPhoto: Andrey Roshektaev

    RaifaPhoto: Andrey Roshektaev

    Raifa, ice sculpturesPhoto: Andrey Roshektaev

    Ice sculpture at the Raifa LakePhoto: D. van Nieuwburg

    Ice sculpture at the Raifa LakePhoto: D. van Nieuwburg

    Ice sculpture at the Raifa LakePhoto: D. van Nieuwburg

    Ice sculpture at the Raifa LakePhoto: D. van Nieuwburg

    Ice sculpture at the Raifa MonasteryPhoto: D. van Nieuwburg

    Ice sculpture at the Raifa MonasteryPhoto: D. van Nieuwburg

    Christmas tree in RaifaPhoto: D. van Nieuwburg



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  • History of Tatarstan

    The first settlements in the territory of the Republic of Tatarstan date back to Palaeolithic period (about 100,000 years ago). The first state - the Volga-Kama Bulgaria - was set up at the end of the 9th - beginning of the 10th centuries which was the first feudal state in the north-eastern Europe. In 922 Islam was accepted as a state religion. The Bulgar mosques and medrasah (Muslim clerical schools) spread knowledge and culture in the neighbouring regions. In the 13th century, the territory of the Volga-Kama Bulgaria was annexed to the Empire of Genghis-Khan and then became a part of powerful Zolotaya Orda (Golden Horde) State. The collapse of the Golden Horde in the thirties-forties of the 14th century resulted in formation of a number of new states including the Kazan Khanate (1445). Kazan became the capital of the newly formed state. The Kazan Khanate ceased its existence in October, 1552, after two-month siege when troops of Ivan IV (the Terrible), numbering 150,000 people, conquered Kazan.

    A path-breaking step on the way to restoration of statehood of the Tatar people was the declaration of the Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic in 1920. The end of this century brought new opportunities for development of statehood of Tatarstan. On August, 30, 1990, the Supreme Soviet of Tatarstan announced the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the republic, later supported by 61% of referendum participants held in March, 1992.


  • Museum of Kryashens (Baptised Tatars)

    Location: Khozesanovo, Kaybitsky district

    The Museum of Baptized Tatars of the Nagornaya Side was opened in early October 2020. It was an initiative of V.Danilov, an economist and ethnographer. 

    The collection of new artefacts is open, and everybody is welcome to contribute to an expositions.

    More info: https://vk.com/public164448413


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  • Chak-chak museum

    Location: Ulitsa Parizhskoy Kommuny,18, Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia


    The Chak-Chak Museum is all about the wonder of Tatar cuisine - Chak-chak. Here you may learn not only making this delicacy but also meet other Tatar traditional dishes with a cup of aromatic tea from a hot samovar.

    It is advised to make an appointment in advance, in order to avoid ocasional overcrowding.


    internet: https://chak-chak.museum 

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

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chakchakmuseum/ 



  • Local history museum in Almetyevsk

    Location: Almetyevsk, Mir street, 1 (see the location map below
    The museum was founded in 1953. In 2003 celebrated it's 50th anniversary and moved to a new building, at the current address.
    The museum expositions are representing the area's history from the Neolithic age till the present day. The collections of the museum include artifacts of the ancient time, folklore and multicultural/ethnographical elements, modern history of the oil industry region.
    Almetyevsk museum of local lore
    Almetyevsk museum of local lore
    Almetyevsk museum of local lore
    Almetyevsk museum of local lore
  • Boratynskyi Museum

    Location: Kazan, Korolenko St., 26, and Gorky Str. 25/28

    The museum is an affiliate of the Tatarstan National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan.
    Established as a community school museum in 1977. Since 1983 it was incorporated into the Republican National Museum as a affiliate. In 1991, the exhibition "Family Album Pages" was opened in the reconstructed wing of the Boratynskys' estate on Gorky Street. The exhibition is based on the genuine items of that time. There is also a small collection of the Boratynskyi's memorabilia exposed at the museum.

    Internet: http://boratynskiy.tatmuseum.ru/   
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1762666090673852/ 



  • 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.




  • Apanaev (Masjid) mosque

    Location: Kazan, Kayum Nasyri Str. 29

    It is one of the earliest stone Muslim buildings, which have been preserved in Kazan. The mosque was constructed from 1768 to 1769. The baroque style is reflected in decorative motives of varying origin – Tatar, Russian and west European. Mosque was built during the first third of the 19th century already bear the imprint of classicism – this is a characteristic type of mosque with the minaret on the roof. The two-storey building included service and household premises (a stockroom, library, and woodshed, etc.), and warehousing for merchants. On the first floor might be classrooms for the madrasah or mekteb (elementary school) of the parish.



  • 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)
    Photo: Sergei i Masha Popovy, www.sobory.ru

    Cathedral of the Epiphany (Bogoyavlenskyi sobor)Photo: Sergei i Masha Popovy, www.sobory.ru

    Cathedral of the Epiphany (Bogoyavlenskyi sobor) Photo:Sergei i Masha Popovy, www.sobory.ru

    Cathedral of the Epiphany (Bogoyavlenskyi sobor) Photo:Vasiliy Shelyomin, www.sobory.ru

    Cathedral of the Epiphany (Bogoyavlenskyi sobor) Photo:Mikhail Sukhanov, www.sobory.ru


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  • John the Baptist (Ioanno-Predtechenskyi) monastery

    Location: Kazan, Bauman St, 1/2n (see the map below

    The monastery was founded in 1564-1568 in honour of Ivan the Terrible. After the fire in the middle of the 17th century the wooden buildings of the monastery burned down. In 1662 stone buildings were erected: the unheated Ioanno-Predtechensky Church with three tent-shaped towers, the heated Church of the Ascension (Voznesseniya), a bell tower, monks’ quarters, a monastery wall with outside church, and, at the end of the 18th century, a chapel designed by Kaftyrev. The small Ascension Church of 1652 has survived to these days. It is adorned with five onion-shaped cupolas and a bell tower. Both buildings are brick in the 17th century Moscow baroque style.

    John the Baptist (Ioanno-Predtechenskyi) monasteryPhoto: Sergey and Masha Popovy www.sobory.ru

    John the Baptist (Ioanno-Predtechenskyi) monasteryPhoto: Andrey Roshektaev www.sobory.ru

    John the Baptist (Ioanno-Predtechenskyi) monasteryPhoto: Sergey and Masha Popovy www.sobory.ru


    The Ascension Church

    The Ascension Church in John the Baptist (Ioanno-Predtechenskyi) monasteryPhoto: Sergey and Masha Popovy www.sobory.ru

    The Ascension Church in John the Baptist (Ioanno-Predtechenskyi) monasteryPhoto: Vasiliy Shelyomin www.sobory.ru



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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 at night




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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.



  • Mardzhani mosque

    Location: Kazan, Kayum Nasyri Str. 17

    The mosque is one of the earliest stone mosques in Kazan. Built at the end of the 1760s by local Tatar master builders to the design of V.I.Kaftyrev in the Russian baroque style. Permission for the building of the mosque was given personally by Catherine the Great during her visit to Kazan.




  • 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.




  • Polish Roman Catholic church - Parish of the Holy Cross

    Location: Kazan, Ostrovskyi Str. 73

    The light building of the Kazan Roman Catholic church surrounded by a small garden was built in 1858. Due to a reconstruction by the architect P.T.Zhukovskyi in 1908 it has acquired, according to specialists, the very typical appearance of a Polish Roman Catholic church, which is easy to explain when you remember the sizeable Polish diaspora in Kazan and the region. Unlike many other churches in Kazan, which have been returned to their religious communities, the Kostel continues in secular use as one of the buildings of the Tupolev Kazan State Technical University.



  • Nurulla Mosque (Sennaya Mosque)

    Location: Kazan, Moskovskaya Str. 74

    The mosque was built in 1849 by the architect A.I.Peske, and for many years was the most important Muslim religious buildings in Kazan (the minaret was destroyed in the Soviet time). In the words of the architect N.Khalitov, the significance of its appearance in the district of the ancient Kuraish settlement, where in the times of the Kazan Khans the famous Utyz (Otuch) mosque stood, was underlined by the symbolic use of the forms of the Dzhami minaret, thus symbolically transported from the city of Bulgar to the central square of Tatar Kazan.




  • National Cultural Center "Kazan"

    Location: Pushkina Str. 86, Kazan

    for more information visit https://nkc-kazan.ru/



  • Mosque in Almetyevsk

    Location: Almetyevsk

    One of the three mosques, which were open in Almetyevsk before the revolution. Khadi Atlasov – the future public figure, scholar, historian and writer – was elected Imam of the one of them in 1903. While Atlasov was working at the mosque he taught in the parish madrasah and was one of the initiators of the opening a school for girls. In 1907 Atlasov became a deputy of the second State Duma. The brick building of the mosque, which has survived, was built in the 1870s.



  • Shishkin Memorial House

    Location: Elabuga, Naberezhnaya Str. 12

    The only country's museum of the prominent Russian artist, a founder of realistic landscape painting.
    Opened in 1960 in the house of the Shishkins where the artist spent his childhood and youth and which he later visited on repeated occasions in the days of his creative maturity. The appearance and furnishings of the living rooms were restored and the genuine works of the artist are displayed there.


    for more information visit http://www.elabuga.com/shishkin/aboutShishkinHouse.html