Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. Approximately 1.2 million people and over 100 different nationalities live in Kazan in the atmosphere of cultural, religious and linguistic diversity.
Kazan, a city where Europe and Asia coexist together, fully justifies its name: “qazan” in Tatar means a ‘cooking pot’. Indeed, completely different Slavic and Turkic cultures are melted in one boiler, heated by the fire of history. The outcomes of this interaction are obvious: they can be easily seen in city’s architecture, cuisine, traditions, etc.
Kazan is the “third” capital of Russia, which celebrated its 1000th anniversary in 2005. It is both modern and archaic, and probably the most surprising city in Russia.
The Kazan Kremlin, founded in the 12th century and located on one bank of Kazanka river, is a unique complex of archeological, historical and architectural monuments enrolled into the UNESCO World Heritage list. Futuristic skyscrapers of the 21st century are built on the other side of the river. In Kazan, mosques stand side by side with Orthodox churches, on the pedestrian streets you can see the imperial carriage and the Kazan cat - the character of historical traditions and folklore plots of the 16-20th centuries.
The thousand-year-old Kazan has a vibrant cultural life. Feodor Chaliapin International Opera Festival, Rudolph Nureyev International Ballet Festival, White Lilac International Festival named after Sergey Rachmaninov, Kazan Autumn International Open Air Opera Festival, Concordia Modern Music Festival, Aksenov-fest Literature Festival, Golden Minbar International Festival of Muslim Cinema have already become an annual tradition for Kazan.
There are 9 theatres, 34 state museums, privately owned art galleries, Saidashev State Big Concert Hall and 2 philharmonic halls.
Make the most of your night out at the Tatar Musa Jalil State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. It is one of Russia’s leading music theatres together with the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatres.
Kazan has traditionally been one of top science cities in Russia. It is at Kazan University where Nikolay Lobachevsky developed the non-Euclidean geometry, Alexander Butlerov invented the theory of chemical structure for organic compounds, Karl Claus discovered the chemical element Ruthenium, Yevgeny Zavoisky opened the Electronic Paramagnetic Resonance and Semyon Altshuler made a theoretical prediction of the Acoustic Paramagnetic Resonance.
Welcome to Kazan! Добро пожаловать в Казань! Рәхим итегез!