• Borkovskaya Grove

    Location: near to the Lake Prost’, Nizhnekamsky district

    This is a monolithic natural pine forest with limes, hazel and herbaceous vegetation. The grove is a protected area of nature and a beautiful place for walking.



  • Diligent (Tyrysh) Spring

    Location: the Tyrysh village, Aznakaevsky district

    The spring flows from a height of 3 to 4 metres. People say that on moonlit night lovers climb up to this spring to make their vows. In the old days they used to throw a ring into the spring water: it was considered that in the water sanctified by the ring you could see the face of your beloved and find out his feelings for you.

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  • Old-Kazan (Iske-Kazansky) historical-cultural museum and natural reserve

    Location: Vysokogorsky district, the Kamaevo village surroundings,

    This place is closely linked to events in the history of the Bulgar-Tatar people. According to historical sources and a popular legend, Old-Kazan was founded not far from a large settlement which arose in pre-Mongol times by sons of the Bulgar Khan Abdulla, Alin-Bek and Altyn-Bek.

    Old-Kazan nowadays is represented by two principal archaeological monuments: the Kamaevo settlement with an area of more than 6 hectares and the Russko-Urmatskoe settlement of 124 hectares located between the villages of Kamaevo and Russky Urmat. The Kamaevo site contains the remains of the political centre, the Kremlin of old Kazan, the site at Russky Urmat, the remains of the craft and trading quarter of the town.

    During archaeological digs here various ornaments have been found, ceramics and weapons, coins and many other. It is known that in the period preceding the formation of the Kazan Khanate there was a centre for minting gold coinage here.





  • Volga-Kama nature reserve (Raifa sector)

    Location: 25 km from Kazan, in Zelenodolsky district

    The reserve was founded in 1960. This unique area combines southern taiga and broadleaf forests. There are more than 600 types of plants. The most of pines are more than 250 years old. The arboretum garden, what was created there in 1921 by students of Kazan University, consists of more than 400 types of trees and shrubs from America, Asia, and Europe. Among the representatives of the animal kingdom there are fifty types of mammals, more than 250 types of birds, as well as reptiles and amphibians. The animals were founded here are elk, wood grouse, black grouse, red field vole, woodpecker, cuckoo, forest dormouse, etc.


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