The Kazan Kremlin is a magnificent citadel of Tatarstan. It was built in the 16th century by the Russian Tsar (king)
Ivan the Terrible who defeated Tatar khans and became the ruler of the place.
The unique thing about the citadel is that Russian and Tatar memorials, orthodox Christian churches and Muslim mosques are located here in close vicinity.
It symbolizes that that the two peoples (Russians and Tatars) who used to fight against each other in the past are united in the present.
The Suyumbike Tower, the Annunciation Cathedral, the Qol-Şärif mosque and the Governor’s House are the main places of interest.
When the weather is good one can enjoy the sun sitting on the grass.
The dragon Zilant is an official symbol of Kazan. The legends say different things. According to one version, the dragon was a nice and kind creature that protected the borders of the city and local people. As far as the other version goes, the dragon was very mean and bothered people a lot. After they burnt his nest it decided to take revenge. According to this legend, it lives in the waters of the lake till now killing citizens from time to time.
The Qol-Şärif mosque is the largest and the most beautiful mosque in Kazan. It was named after the khan Qolşärif who died in the battle with Russian forces.
People of different confessions are welcomed to the mosque. The floor is covered with Persian carpets presented by the Iranian government.
The Annunciation Cathedral was the first Orthodox Christian church built on the territory of the Kremlin. A wooden church was replaced by a stone one. The building was destructed many times but the restoration work sustained its life.
A legend postulates that The Suyumbike Tower was erected more than a century ago by Ivan the Terrible’s servants as a gift for a beautiful Kazan queen named Suyumbike who refused to marry the Tsar and threw herself down from the tower.
The residence of the President of Tatarstan is located in the building of the Governor’s House. It was built in the middle of the 19th century. The Suyumbike Tower and the Palace Church are integral parts of the complex.