A Reason to Visit Russia – Kazan


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Russia’s Third Capital

Kazan isn’t only Russia’s Third Capital it’s also considered the Sports Capital of Russia. Over the last several years a number of sports events have taken place here, the FINA World Championship just recently wrapped up, and in 2013 the Universiades were held in Kazan. The city has also been chosen as one of the host cities for the FIFA World Cup in 2018. But Kazan isn’t just a city for sports.

Living in Harmony

It has a history too! In 2005 it celebrated it’s one thousand years of existence with the opening of the millennial bridge that crosses the Kazanka river. It’s from here one can see the amazing kremlim that houses the Qolşärif Mosque and Annunciation Cathedral. It’s one of the few rare places on planet earth were Muslims and Christians live side by side in harmony. Another wonderful building that lies within the walls of the Kremlin is the Spasskaya Tower. The story of the tower is quite amazing, read more about it here.  Coming to Kazan also opens up the possibility to visit many beautiful sites just outside the city, places like Raifa Monastery, Bolgar, and Sviyazhsk island. They are all within a couple of hours of the city. You can read about them here, here, and here.

A Few Pictures From Around Town

So I will finish this post with some of the pictures that I have taken from around my home town here in Russia. Along with a short video that takes you through our fine city. And yes, that the wife and I in the top picture.

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20 thoughts on “A Reason to Visit Russia – Kazan

    1. Andy, if you would like to visit we would be glad to send you an invitation. The only way to visit Russia is this way. But I’m sure you know that. I could also arrange for inexpensive living accommodations if you are interested.

    1. A lot of the architecture here is quite European, but what’s interesting is how much they use circular forms here, don’t know about the rest of Europe, but I don’t remember seeing it used that much in the States.

    2. Also one should understand that with time Kazan will become much greener as many other russians cities. Now it was heavely rebuilded and many trees are too young and too small now.

  1. RE:[It’s one of the few rare places on planet earth were Muslims and Christians live side by side in harmony.]

    Something interesting regarding the subject from one wise man from Malasiya.
    Muslim Alliance With Eastern Orthodox Christianity In The End Times

    ‘An Islamic View of the Christian World’

  2. Some Pictures of Kazan
    Part #1:

    https://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/17914/30348152.1ac/0_845e1_e99fc1bb_orig
    http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/6807/30348152.18f/0_808a0_5d9118b5_orig
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    http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/4403/30348152.114/0_5db29_df27629d_orig
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    http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/6832/30348152.194/0_80c20_46c4d31d_orig
    http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/6847/30348152.195/0_80c30_bb88813d_orig
    http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/6746/30348152.195/0_80c2c_6c430ea5_orig

      1. Yup, not bad.
        However as for me, there is not enough of greenery in the centre.
        Also not enough of coniferous trees. They are important b\c stay green even in winter.

        I always want more.. MOOORE greenery!!! He-he-he )))
        Perfectly is when city is puted literaly inside the woods. 😉

        Sure it is far better than many europenian concrete\asphalt “rat labyrinth\maze” or “mind-blowing” suicidal scandinavian “modern” architecture and esp. planning.

        There are many nice cities in Russia. Ufa, Tjumen’, Tomsk, soon will much nicer will be Novosibirsk and Ekaterinburg. Russia rebuilding their cities pretty intensivly..and not only Russia..the same thing goin on in all Eurasian Union – watch Belarus, watch Kazakhstan (Astana is VERY young but already amazing).

        Another thing that i thinks ihave to notice is that after collapse of USSR from 90s approx to these days many bulding were build in greedy euro mand way… whre their no space between them, no places for trees or\and small near appartment-park\garden, and what is the most important NO YARD for kids!

        But now things are changing what is good and ppl are waking up….however there are still a lot idiots who faps on NY horror or Chicago or Paris and so on and who never been or lived there but want the same shit here.

        p.s. it is pitty that pictures didn’t appear like picture but like links only.. hm.. what i if try this way:

  3. Part #2:
    http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/6824/30348152.18f/0_808a8_4d75d8a9_orig
    http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/6837/30348152.18f/0_8088c_edd714cb_orig
    http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/6747/30348152.18f/0_808a3_e44e0804_orig
    http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/6815/30348152.190/0_808b2_c6f24834_orig
    http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/6746/30348152.18f/0_808a2_1ae8f369_orig
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    Nearby Towns:
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