Kazan is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia.
The Kazan Kremlin is a World Heritage Site. In 2005, the Medal “In Commemoration of the 1000th Anniversary of Kazan” was established by Russia to denote this landmark event. The multi-ethnic city is honored by UNESCO and famous for Muslims and Christians living side-by-side in peace.
In April 2009, the Russian Patent Office granted Kazan the right to brand itself as the “Third Capital” of Russia. In 2009 it was chosen as the “Sports capital of Russia” and it still is referred to as such. The city hosts the 2013 Summer Universiade,2015 World Aquatics Championships, and 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The old Kazan is the center of the city. There are beautiful buildings raised in different architectural styles. Mansions in the style of modernism coexist with the Baroque monuments. You can feel the aura of antiquity spell from ancient white walls of the Kazan Kremlin wherefrom a superb view on the river opens. Imagination is boggled by the red bell tower of Bogoyavlenskaya church at the pedestrian Bauman street beloved by tourists.
Kazan easily combines the culture and traditions of the East and the West: next to the finely cut minaret towers there are old Orthodox churches.
A prevailing feature of life in the city is peaceful, creative coexistence of different religions and nationalities.
Kazan is a significant educational and cultural center of Russia. There are about 40 universities operating in the city. Among them there is the Kazan State University founded in 1804 with the faculty composed of and including the world renowned scientist.
There are lots of museums, libraries, concert halls, theaters in this city. Two renowned international festivals: the opera festival named after F.I. Shalyapin and the classical ballet festival named after R. Nuriev have been regularly held for a period of many years in the Opera and Ballet Theater named after M. Jalil. Apart from the local museum there is “Ermitazh-Kazan” Center located in Kazan, which is the only branch of the famous museum in Russia.
There are a lot of movie theatres, entertainment centers and nightclubs of the European level in Kazan. A new aqua park “Riviera” covering the area of 1.5 thousand square meters has been opened in Kazan recently.