Kazan, Russia - Firebird City Guides

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Kazan, Russia
Magnificent Kazan, often referred to as the country's third capital, is Russia's religious treasure trove. It stands on the confluence of two rivers: the Volga and Kazanka, and has an incredible 1000-year-old history (Kazan celebrated its millennium in 2005). It is a truly unique multi-ethnic city where people of different religions have lived together peacefully for centuries.

The city's main attraction is UNESCO listed World Heritage Site - the Kazan Kremlin, which is the chief historic citadel of Tatarstan. The complex encompasses many buildings, the oldest of them is the important place of Orthodox worship - the Annunciation Cathedral. Completed in 1561 during the reign of Ivan the Terrible, it is the only 16th-century Russian church to have 6 piers and 5 apses.

An equally important sight in the Kremlin is the outstanding Kul Sharif Mosque - the largest Muslim place of worship in Europe. This 16-17th century architectural gem is home to a rich collection of ancient books. The newly restored building of the mosque, standing side by side with the Annunciation Cathedral, represents the tolerance and respect of the local people to different religions and beliefs.

Another jewel of Kazan Russia worth seeing is the fairy-tale like colorful Temple of all Religions which is still under construction. Built and designed by Ildar Khanov, the temple's mixed architectural design contains elements taken from the traditions of practically all religions of the world including the Orthodox Christian church, Islamic mosque and Jewish synagogue.

Apart from religious landmarks, the beautiful city of Kazan is also renown since recent for holding major international sports events and thus proudly carries the name of Russia's sports capital. It is a one-of-a-kind beauty which is definitely worth visiting when in Russia.

See it on following tours

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:

13 days

5 cities

1 country

Moscow | Suzdal | Yaroslavl | Kazan | Saint Petersburg

Catch authentic Russian spirit, setting off on a UNESCO tour and enjoying extensive sightseeing around the two gorgeous Russian capitals as well as exploring some hidden gems of such historic locations as Kazan, Veliky Novgorod and Vladimir.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
May 12, 2019

17 days

5 cities

2 countries

Moscow | Kazan | Ekaterinburg | Irkutsk | Ulan Bator

Set off on an unforgettable journey in comfort of a private train car along Trans-Mongolian railway line. Cross 1/3 of the world on the legendary Trans-Mongolian railway in just 17 days: from mighty Moscow to glorious Kazan and Ekaterinburg. Absorb the beauty of Lake Baikal and explore the Buddhist and nomadic traditions of Mongolia.

Small group rail tour  |  Nearest Date:
May 04, 2019

16 days

8 cities

3 countries

Moscow | Kazan | Ekaterinburg | Novosibirsk | Irkutsk | Ulan-Ude | Ulan Bator | Beijing

The Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian rail-tour focuses on your experience and comfort, providing every opportunity for enjoying your journey of a lifetime. Explore Russian towns to get an insight of real Russia, experience genuine Mongolia and finally discover the best of Chinese heritage in and around Beijing.

E.g., Sep 25 2018