The first glimpse of the Island is a beautiful sight. It hard to conceive that the materials for this small town started 885 kilometers (550 miles) away in the Uglich forest not far from a city with the same name. It took a full winter to cut down and prepare all the materials, at the … More In the mind of a Tsar – A town is Born – Part II
After an eleven day siege on the Kazan Kremlin Ivan Grozny (Ivan the Terrible) was forced to retreat. The retreat itself took place on February 12, 1550. Grozny (which means inspiring fear or terror) more than likely wasn’t pleased that he was put into the position of having to back down regrouped his troops a … More In the mind of a Tsar – A town is Born
First Edition Near the confluence of three rivers, the Oka, Moskva, and Kolomenka stands the oldest and probably one of the most beautiful cities, Kolomna. The city itself is only 117 kilometers away from Moscow and the center point on the way to Kyazan. What draws people to this settlement is not necessarily tangible but … More One of Russia’s Gems – “Kolomna” – Off the Beaten Path
Las Lajas Sanctuary is a minor basilica built inside the canyon of the Guaitara River. Completed in 1949, it was designed using the Gothic revival style of architecture. The supposed apparition of the Virgin Mary to a deaf-mute, who suddenly was able to speak after seeing a silhouette while illuminated by lightning, inspired the building … More Mirror Reflections – Columbia & Russia
My favorite Church in Kazan I pass this church almost every day. It just happens to be on the way downtown. I will be posting more of this church in the future. Love the colors, the domes, the architecture is just beautiful.
Mosque Downtown Kazan Thought it would be fun to show some of the Mosques and Churches of Kazan, It’s amazing how different each one of them are from each other. I don’t know the names of them right now, but as I find them I will update each post, Enjoy.
The Leaning Suyumbike Tower Suyumbike Tower is one of Kazan‘s most recognized buildings, it is an ancient structure that is shrouded in mystery and intrigue. In one Tatar legend I read about how Ivan IV made a proposal to Suyumbike through his Ambassadors to be his wife. It was because Suyumbike refused, the Russian Tsar became … More The Leaning Suyumbike Tower
Of all the place in Kazan this is one of my favorites. It reminds me of an open air mall. There are shops of all different types. One can also find a McDonald’s and KFC on the street. There is a great diversity of styles of architecture lining both sides of the street along with … More Baumana Street, Kazan Russia
The Annunciation Cathedral was first ordered built by Tsar Ivan IV (the Terrible). The building of the wooden church first started on October 4, 1552 and was completed in three days after they started construction. Ivan himself drew the outline of the church where the foundations would be placed, once he completed this he marked … More Annunciation Cathedral, Kazan Ru.