Kazan is a city where Muslims and Christians peacefully live together. The former capital of the Khanate of Kazan has recently celebrated its millennium, but it doesn't produce the impression of an ancient city. Mosques, churches and not numerous wooden houses go well with pompous modern architecture. The ancient Kremlin and high-rise glass buildings make Kazan the city of contrasts...
According to some sources, the first stones in the foundation of the Kazan Kremlin were laid in the 10th century. During the capture of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible, the Kremlin was completely destroyed and rebuilt only by the end of the 16th century.
Tourists can enter the Kremlin through the Taynitskaya Tower.
Though it's not very tall, it provides its visitors with really nice views of the Kremlin and the city.
The Syuyumbike Tower is seen from its windows.
The gate of the Syuyumbeki Tower. According to legend, Ivan the Terrible, blinded by the beauty of Queen Syuyumbeki, made a formal proposal of marriage, but the proud queen refused. Then the Russian tsar laid siege to the city, and Syuyumbeki agreed to marry him on condition that Ivan the Terrible would build the highest tower in Kazan within the following 7 days. The tsar fulfilled this condition, but during the wedding ceremony Syuyumbeki threw herself down from the tower.
The tower deviates from its axis and that's why is sometimes called the local Tower of Pisa.
The first Orthodox church in the middle Volga region, Annunciation Cathedral, was built in the 16th century, immediately after the capture of Kazan. Though the cathedral is very very old, it seems to be painted just recently.
The Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Tatarstan. Not all citizens like this building calling it the "house of a kolkhoz man". Though some say it's rather beautiful.
Annunciation Cathedral from another side.
The monument to the architects of the Kazan Kremlin.
Qolsharif Mosque was constructed in 1996-2005. Now this is the main mosque of Kazan and Tatarstan.
The exhibition hall of the mosque.