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.

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

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.

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

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

Flying Over the Kremlin

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

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

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.

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

The Spassk Tower was built in 1556-1562.

Flying Over the Kremlin

The Kremlin territory has contours of the hill.

Flying Over the Kremlin

Inside the Tower.

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

They included the Kazan Kremlin in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000.

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

Repairs of the Tower.

Flying Over the Kremlin

This place was occupied by a fratry built in 1556.

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

The musem is on the left.

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

The main mosque of Tatarstan.

Flying Over the Kremlin

It was built in 1996.

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

It was opened in 2005.

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

The main minaret is 58 m high.

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

1500 people can go inside. Other 10 000 people can pray in front of the mosque.

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

Northern part of the Kremlin.

Flying Over the Kremlin

Blagoveshchensk Cathedral was founded in 1552.

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

Suyumbike Tower.

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

It is a leaning tower.

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

The residence of President.

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

Flying Over the Kremlin

The complex is being reconstructed currently. New automobile roads will soon lead to the Kremlin from the remote parts of the city.

Location: Kazan

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18 thoughts on “Flying Over the Kremlin”

  1. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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. 🙂

      • 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.

      • 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…

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

    • 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.

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