Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Kazan

Kazan Kremlin

Kazan’s striking kremlin is home to government offices, pleasant parks, museums, the enormous Kul Sharif Mosque and other religious buildings. Among the highlights are the Hermitage Kazan gallery and the Tatarstan M…
Top Choice Museum in Kazan

Chak-chak Museum

Interactive museum dedicated to traditional Tatar food and drink, particularly sweet 'chak-chak', balls of dough that are baked in honey and served on holidays and at family festivities. Call or email in advance to …
Top Choice Museum in Kazan

Soviet Lifestyle Museum

Kazan's most unusual museum, packed with Soviet knick-knacks, is proof that Russia's socialist epoch fostered a lively contemporary cultural scene – especially music – in the 1970s and 1980s.
Top Choice Mosque in Kazan

Kul Sharif Mosque

The Kul Sharif Mosque was completed in 2005 and is named after the imam who died defending the city against the troops of Ivan the Terrible in 1552. The museum inside tells the story of Islam, especially on the Volg…
Historic Site in Kazan

Old Tatar Settlement

This assemblage of historic timbered buildings, dating mainly from the 17th and 18th centuries, marks the quarter where ethnic Tatars were forced to live following the siege of Kazan in 1552. Little of the old settl…
Church in Kazan

Annunciation Cathedral

The attractive Annunciation Cathedral, built on on the foundations of a razed eight-minaret mosque, was designed by Postnik Yakovlev, who was also responsible for St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. It was destroyed sev…
Museum in Kazan

National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan

Opposite the kremlin’s main entrance, the National Museum occupies an ornate 1770 building and has a worthwhile archaeology collection as well as jewellery, weapons and exhibits on the history of the Tatar people an…
Library in Kazan

House of Zinaida Ushkova/Tatarstan National Library

This small but extraordinary library dates from the early years of the 20th century, when several mid-19th-century houses were united and restyled to give each room its own art nouveau theme. Call ahead for English …
Historic Building in Kazan

Epiphany Cathedral Bell Tower

This impressive bell tower, standing some 74m high, is visible all along the pedestrian promenade of ul Baumana. The tower dates from the late 19th century and can be climbed for impressive views out around the cent…
Historic Building in Kazan

Syuyumbike Tower

The 59m-high leaning Syuyumbike Tower dates from the early 18th century and is the subject of one of the most romantic of Kazan’s legends.