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.