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  • Kul Sharif Mosque
    Kul Sharif Mosque
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  • Kul Sharif Mosque
    Kul Sharif Mosque
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  • Kazan Kremlin, from a distance
    Kazan Kremlin, from a distance
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  • Aqua park Kazan Russia

    by belka_fl Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Aqua park Kazan Russia

    Opened from 10:00am till 09:00pm
    Monday and Tuesday days off
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    Å-mail: (8432) 700-900
    marketing@letostop.ru
    akva-tyr@mi.ru


    This is a very fun place in Kazan for spending time with your friends! Pools, bars, nice music and warm sauna in case you got cold!

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    Mosque "Kul-Sharif"

    by Pablos_new Updated Nov 24, 2010

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    This is the center and the heart of the town.

    The English traveler Jenkinson wrote in his memoirs in 1558: "Kazan is a beautiful city, built in the Russian and Tatar style, with a strong castle, standing on a high hill."

    Starting in 1556, Russian stonemasons, under the direction of the architects I. Shiriay and P. Yakovlev, rebuilt the Kazan Kremlin walls and towers in the Pskov style, adding a few new towers, including the Spassky, which now serves as the official entrance to the territory of the Kremlin. The Russians, as already mentioned, first destroyed all the structures of the Kremlin that were connected with the Muslim history of Kazan city.

    Nowadays Kremlin is a mixture of XVI, XVIII and XXI cc architecture.

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    Tower "Sjujumbikie"

    by Pablos_new Updated Nov 24, 2010

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    Tower "Sjujumbikie" is the "local Pisa Tower" of Kazan'
    Every selfrespected town of the world must have its own Pisa Tower.

    And of course there is a romantic story about a pretty girl, love, death, etc. related to this tower. :)

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    "Farmers Palace"

    by Pablos_new Updated Nov 24, 2010

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    This is real madness! This building with unicorns and gargouilles, looking like Palace of Versailles, is quite modern building constructed just in 2008. You will never guess from its shape that this is Ministry of Agriculture or "Palace of Farmers" as stated on fronton in Russian and in Tatar.

    This is real waste of money I ever saw.

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  • Qulsharif mosque

    by CAMILO9015 Written Mar 22, 2010

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    The Qolşärif mosque, also spelled Qol Sharif, Kol Sharif, Qol Sherif via Tatar:
    located in Kazan Kremlin was the largest mosque in Russia and, reputedly, in Europe outside Istanbul.[1] As of 2009, reputedly, it's the second largest mosque in Europe (without Turkey) after Grozny Central Dome Mosque.

    Originally, the mosque was built in the Kazan Kremlin in the 16th century. It was named after Qolşärif who served there. Qolsharif died with his numerous students while defending Kazan from Russian forces in 1552. It is believed that the building featured minarets, both in the form of cupolas and tents. Its design was traditional for Volga Bulgaria, although elements of early Renaissance and Ottoman architecture could have been used as well. In 1552, during the storming of Kazan it was destroyed by Ivan The Terrible.

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    Mullanur Vakhitov Monument

    by Nuclei Updated Jan 16, 2010

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    Mullanur Vakhitov Monument

    Vakhitov was one of the leading figures in Kazan history. He was Muslim and supported Bolsheviks and took part in revolt in Kazan. He was also one of the main part of Kazan defense against Bashkirs.

    After capture of Kazan by Czechoslovak troops and National Army of Komuch Vakhitov stayed to perform underground work in Kazan, but he was betrayed and shot by White Guard. One of Kazan districts, a plant and a street are named after Mullanur Vakhitov.

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    Kul Sharif Mosque - Kazan Kremlin

    by Nuclei Updated Jan 16, 2010

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    The original Kul Sharif Mosque was destroyed by Ivan the Terrible so there is less known about it. The new mosque is constructed in Kazan Kremlin and opened 1000th anniversary of Kazan celebrations. Claimed to be the largest mosque in East Europe.

    The construction of Kul Sharif mosque changed not only city layout of Kremlin but also the artistic image of the whole historical center of Kazan and became one of the best known landmarks of Tatar region. New Kul Sharif mosque it is not just a mosque and not even the main mosque of Kazan and the state, it is a new symbol of Kazan and Tatarstan, attractive center for Tatars from all over the world.

    Kul Sharif mosque complex is cultural, educational and scientific center rather than religious one. The mosque includes Museum of Islam (entry is free, day off - Monday).

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    Lenin Monument

    by Nuclei Updated Jan 16, 2010

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    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

    As we all know, Lenin monuments are everywhere in Russia but Lenin has a significant importance in Kazan. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin attended Kazan University and shaped up his thoughts during his education in Kazan. He studied law here and paid special interest to literacy. He also studied many languages such as Latin, Greek, German, French and English.

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    Lake Nizhny Kaban

    by Nuclei Written Jan 15, 2010

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    There is a nice lake in Kazan. The park on its beginning is full of colored flowers and good spot to take nice lake air. You will see many youngster around you, in the park, on the lake shore. This park also a good spot if you want to take a photo of the lake and surroundings.

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    Gostiny Dvor

    by Nuclei Written Jan 12, 2010

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    Gostiny Dvor but a museum

    "Gostiny Dvor" as all the same throughout Russia, is a biggest historical shopping mall of a city. It has normally 2 to 3 floors with many different shops inside. The one in Kazan is not served a shopping mall anymore but museum.

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    Musa Dzhalil Monument

    by Nuclei Updated Jan 10, 2010

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    Very important figure of Tatar history. Musa Dzhalil is a famous poet but he is a hero for Tatar people.

    He is the only poet of the Soviet Union who was simultaneously awarded two of the highest government decorations: Hero of the Soviet Union for personal courage and meritorious performance of duty, and the Lenin Prize for his cycle The Moabit Notebooks.(WP)

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    Military School - Kazan Kremlin

    by Nuclei Written Jan 10, 2010

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    The building of military school is situated inside the Kazan Kremlin between Spasskaya and Taynitskaya towers.

    Several Kazan museums are situated nowadays in the building of the former Military school: “The Hermitage-Kazan” – branch of the State Hermitage (St.Petersburg), National Arts Gallery – branch of the State Arts Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan, museum of the Great Patriotic War.

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    Spasskaya Tower - Kazan Kremlin

    by Nuclei Written Jan 10, 2010

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    At the entrance of Kazan Kremlin, you will definetely notice a white clock tower of Russian look. This is Spasskaya Tower. This tower is attachd to the Spasskaya Monastery. The monastry had included many other buildings but these were destroyed during Stalin era.

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    Suyumbike Tower - Kazan Kremlin

    by Nuclei Written Jan 10, 2010

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    One of the landmarks of Kazan Kremlin and Kazan city.

    There are many stories behind the tower and most famous one is almost exactly the same story of Maiden Tower of Baku, Azerbaijan. Suyumbike is a beautiful lady and Ivan the Terrible wants to marry her. But Suyumbike dos want to marry him and puts an unreasonable request. She wants Ivan to buid a tower in only 7 days. But Ivan manages it and Suyumbike is dissapointed. Show climbs to the top of the tower and throws herself.

    The tower is seven-tier building made of red brick. It is 58 metres high and 1,98 meters heel.

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    Annuciation Cathedral - Kazan Kremlin

    by Nuclei Updated Jan 10, 2010

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    One of the main structures in Kazan Kremlin. It was built to the honor of Ivan the Terrible.

    The cathedral was closed in September, 1918 because the Kremlin was declared the military camp and all the religious institutions were moved from its territory. All valuables were robbed and their destiny is unknown till today. In 1921 the cathedral was opened again and in 1929 was finally closed. Till 1996 the cathedral served as depository and other departments of the republican archives; the places of burial of the members of higher orders of clergy were used as vegetable stores

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