18 Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

The Kremlin in the city of Kazan is a unique historical, architectural and cultural complex which combines both Christian and Moslim, Russian and Tatar motives. The Kremlin is situated on the high left bank of the Volga river and left bank of the Kazanka river. We are going to have a helicopter tour over the Kremlin now.

The city itself was formed at the time of the Kremlin construction. The fortress on the hill was founded in the beginning of the 11 century. By the 16 century the city looked like a powerful fortress made of wood and stones and decorated with high mosques and mausoleums.

In 1552 Kazan was attacked by the Russian troops and made a part of the Russian state.

 Following the decree of Tsar Ivan Grozny the fortress was reconstructed.

The Republic of Tatarstan was formed in 1992. It is a part of the Russian Federation. Tatar President resides in the Kremlin that was built in 1994.

The Spassk Tower was built in 1556-1562.

The Kremlin territory has contours of the hill.


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18 Responses to “Flying Over the Kremlin”

  1. Tiger says:

    The new mosque is named Qolsharif, after the islamic cleric who died defending the palace of than Khan against the Russian troops, when the city was taken by the army of Ivan Grosny.
    Most notably the much older church has not been really taken much care of as you see the fading paint on the bellfry tower.
    What this mosque is, is a political statement, an architectonic symbol in the strife of the Tatars for greater autonomy from the Russian government. It also ignores the fact that 50% of Tatarstans inhabitants are nor even muslim. Let see how this will work out. No one less than Hillary Clinton has expressed her support for the tatar strife for more souvereignity.

    • Bhound says:

      Really Tiger!!? Iguess you are really getting your facts very wrong. Tartastan has and will always be a part of Russia whether you or Hillary Clinton likes it or not. Reason why the world is in such a shitty mess is goons like you and the your Clintons that cannot mind their own business. Russia is not your Libya/Irag/Aghanistan and all this other countries that were distabilised by the Americans and their stooges. So, back off.

      • Tiger says:

        Back off you Bhound! I am not an American (in fact I am from Krasnodarski Krai) and I am not pro Tatarstan independence. I just cited facts and that the central government should keep an eye on Kazan since the US is mingling in its backyard, exploiting nationalism as it did in Yugoslavia. The next time go and bite someone who is not on your side. :)

      • vorontsevich says:

        Bhound, have you heard of the saying “Don’t argue with idiots because they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience?” Its good advice. And yet for some reason, I keep having a 20 comment “discussion” with the particular troll of the more sophisticated kind.

      • America says:

        Yes, meddling goons who cannot mind their own business, like Tiger and Hillary Clinton, are the real cause of internal ethnic strife between Russians inside Russia. It has nothing to do with how ethnic Russians treat their fellow non-ethnic Russians…

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  3. Random Chaos says:

    A beautiful place. A little more commentary would have been welcome. Some good photographs. Inside the palace is what? The landscaping looks elegant.

    • Tiger says:

      Inside resides the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, currently Mr Rustam Minnikhanov. The Republic is a federal subject of the Russian Federation, comparable to a state in the US, just with a bit more autonomy. That´s why the leader of the Republic is not called a governor, but a “president”, but in fact he is a governor with more bit more legal powers.

  4. vla says:

    inside the same Kremlin :orthodox church, mosque and tower with red star ? epic !

  5. vla says:

    hey,english-russia – if I type ” : ” near “o” ,it doesn’t mean I want that smile face.
    now, I want it :)

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