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Kazan Kazan is a city in southwest Russia, on the banks of the Volga and Kazanka rivers. The capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, a semi-autonomous region, it's known for the centuries-old Kazan Kremlin, a fortified citadel containing museums and sacred sites. Kremlin landmarks include the tiered Tower of Soyembika, the blue-and-gold domed Annunciation Cathedral and the vast, colorful Kul Sharif Mosque.
Kul Sharif Mosque
Kul Sharif Mosque The Kul Sharif Mosque built in place of the old mosque of the Khanate of Kazan that was destroyed in 1552 is the great symbol of Kazan and the Republic of Tatarstan. The mosque was named after Kazan’s last great Imam before Ivan the Terrible invaded and seized the city. It is located on the territory of the Kazan Kremlin - the historic and architectural ensemble of Kazan that is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Kul Sharif Mosque is one of the largest mosques in Europe and the principal mosque of Kazan. It is the largest Muslim place of worship in Europe, and serves as home to a rich collection of ancient books. It was named after a legendary Kul Sharif - the Imam of Khanate of Kazan and the hero of the Tatars, who lived in the 16th century.
Annunciation Cathedral
Annunciation Cathedral Monumental 1500s Orthodox cathedral in the Kazan Kremlin, topped by blue domes & a gold tower. The Kazan Kremlin is the chief historic citadel of Tatarstan, situated in the city of Kazan. It was built at the behest of Ivan the Terrible on the ruins of the former castle of Kazan khans. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000.
Kazan Kremlin
Kazan Kremlin
Bauman Street
Bauman Street Baumana Street is a pedestrian street in the heart of Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan, Russia. It is named after Nikolay Bauman, a Russian revolutionary, and is located in the central part of the city. The street starts at the foot of the Kremlin and reaches Tukay Square, the central square in the city.
Temple of all Religion
Temple of all Religion The Temple of All Religions or the Universal Temple is a unique architectural complex in the Staroye Arakchino Microdistrict of Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia. It consists of several types of religious architecture including an Orthodox church, a mosque, and a synagogue, among others.



Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the third capital of Russia, behind Moscow and St. Petersburg. It is also a fascinating mix of western and eastern cultures.

Within the Kazan Kremlin, only 100 meters separate the Kul Sharif Mosque, one of the largest in Europe, and the Cathedral of the Annunciation, a great Orthodox temple. Islam and Christianity coexist in this city, also called the Istanbul of the Volga, a city with which it is entwined.

We must not lose sight of the fact that half of the population of the Republic of Tatarstan, whose capital is Kazan, is Muslim, while the rest are mostly Orthodox Christians, so it is not difficult to find groups of friends or couples that mix these and other religions.

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