Must-see attractions in Kazan

  • Kazan Kremlin and the river Kazanka.

    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…

  • Chak-chak Museum, Kazan, Russia.

    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…

  • 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 –…

  • 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…

  • Old Tatar Settlement 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • Tatarstan Museum of Natural History


    About a dozen rooms here tell the story of the planets, geology and minerals, and the development of life forms on earth. The most interesting sections…

  • Hermitage Kazan


    Located inside the former cadet school building, the Hermitage Kazan has top-flight rotating exhibitions, many of them from the collection of St…

  • SS Peter & Paul Cathedral


    This is Kazan’s most attractive Orthodox church, built between 1723 and 1726 to commemorate Peter the Great’s visit in 1722.

  • Musa Dzhalil Monument


    This striking bronze figure of a man tearing barbed wire is at the entrance to the kremlin and was erected to honour the Tatar poet who was executed by…

  • Nurullah Mosque


    The Nurullah mosque, one of the most historic of the 41 surviving mosques in Kazan, has been rebuilt several times since 1849. A shop sells Islamic…

  • Soltanov Mosque


    The Soltanov mosque, dating from 1867, is located near the central market in the Tatar quarter of town. The colourful interior has a rustic feel. Remove…

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