Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. Located in the South West of Russia, Kazan is the largest city in Tatarstan and overall the eighth most populous city in Russia. The beautiful city lies at the center of the Kazanka and Volga Rivers in European Russia. In 2009 it was given permission by the Russian Patent Office to officially call itself, the “Third Capital” of Russia and was also chosen as the “Sports Capital of Russia.” If you want to experience the wonders of this city, then buy Kazan tickets and get a chance to explore Russia’s greatest offerings.
Some of the most famous buildings in the city include the Kazan Kremlin, which is the historical focal point of the city. Major monuments in the Kremlin include the Soyembika Tower, the five-domed Annunciation Cathedral and the Qolsarif Mosque. Other historical places include the Savior Monastery, Spasskaya Tower, Governor’s house, Epiphany Church and the Vernicle Temple.
The city’s transportation includes the newly opened Kazan Metro, the historic Kazan Tram System, the Kazan Trolleybus System and the recently renovated Kazan Bus System.
In 2005 Kazan marked its one thousandth year and carried out its millennium celebrations. In preparation for the celebrations, the city underwent extensive renovations. As part of the celebrations, the historical center of the city, the Kazan Kremlin was beautifully rebuilt, one of the largest mosques in Russia, the Qolsharif, was rebuilt in the Kazan Kremlin, the Kazan Metro was inaugurated and the stunning Millennium Bridge was opened to the public. Another major milestone achieved during the celebrations was the return of the Christian relic, the holiest copy of Our Lady of Kazan, back to the city.
The city is host to a number of international festivals. The most famous ones are the F.I. Shalyapin Opera festival and the R. Nuriev Ballet festival. The two festivals have been held annually for a number of years now and feature some of the best talents in arts from around the world. The city also hosts the famous Kazan International Festival of Muslim Cinema (KIFMC) each year in September.
Kazan is one of the greatest sports cities in the world and this is the reason for it being called ‘Russia’s Sports Capital.’ Over the years, the city has hosted multiple prestigious international events, including, the 2007 Field Hockey Europe Championship, the 2008 Boxing Students World Championship, the 2008 Ice Hockey Juniors World Championship, the 2011 European Weightlifting Championships and the 2013 Summer Universiade. Apart from that, the city has also been selected as the host for the major international events, the 2015 World Aquatics Championships, 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The city also has a host of sports teams all of which rank very high in their respective leagues. The most famous team is the soccer team, Rubin Kazan, which is currently the national champion in the Russian Premier League. Other famous teams include the UNICS Kazan, the national basketball champions, Sintez Kazan, the current water polo champions and Zenit Kazan, the current national volleyball champions.