Kazan – a City for Any Taste
Русская версия Kazan is undoubtedly one of the most interesting cities in Russia. It includes a lot of history (being 1000 years old), culture, religion, and vivid alternative cultural life. All in all, it will suit the traveler of any interests. You should plan at least two days for Kazan!
Every city has a kind of symbol for which all the tourists come. In fact, Kazan has several symbols like these. First of all, this is Kazan Kremlin – the most ancient part of Kazan, the residence of Kazan president and UNESCO heritage object.
The territory of Kazan Kremlin also includes another symbol of the city – the Qolşärif Mosque built in 2005 to recreate the legendary mosque of Khanate of Kazan which had been destroyed in 1552 during the storming of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible troops.
Inside of the museum there is a small, but very curious museum of Islam culture.
The observation points of Kremlin open up the views of the city and other less popular sights.
Just next to Kremlin there is National Art Gallery.
Make sure you visit the central pedestrian street Kazan Arbat, otherwise called Bauman Street.
It includes lots of museum, cafes, and interesting sculptures. For instance, the Monument to Kazan Cat.
Other interesting places of Arbat are The House of Kazan Legends and Fairy Tales and the Museum of Illusions “The House of Giant”:
Soviet Lifestyle Museum.
Yet, the most interesting is the nearby Soviet Lifestyle Museum. Although it is relatively small, it includes so many great exhibits, that you may well plan to spend at least three hours here.
Our favorite exhibits are the tunic made of pioneer ties and leather jacket made of 120 covers for party membership cards.
A sort of hipster theme continues in the Center for Modern Culture Smena. We recommend to visit it for the events and even without them. There is a great bookshop placed here with an excellent collection of books.
The last but not the least question is where to eat in Kazan?
First and foremost, we recommend the canteen of Treasury (Pravo-Bulachnaya Str. 5). It does not have any signs and you can enter it through the entrance of city Treasury without any problems. The canteen boasts of authentic Tatar food without the bombast of the tourist restaurants.
Gastrobar Kvartira 63 (Bolshaya Krasnaya Street 63) offers lazy branches till 16.00 food and cocktail bar after. Café Piter (Peterburgskaya Street 25) advertises itself as a democratic and liberal space where one may play board games and read books.
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