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Kazan Kremlin travel attractions

The Kazan Kremlin is the main sight of Kazan. It is located on the high bank of the river Kazanka, near the place where it joins the Volga river. The main fortress of Volga Bulgaria was located just in that place. After it was conquered by the troops of Ivan the Terrible the Khanate of Kazan was annexed to Russia. 

One can have the most beautiful view of the Kazan Kremlin from the bridge over the river Kazanka. From that place one can see all the main sights of the Kazan Kremlin: Soyembika Tower, Annunciation Cathedral and the Qolsarif Mosque. One can also have at least as beautiful view of the Kazan Kremlin from the Millennium Square located at the foot of the Kremlin wall. 

Annunciation Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings of the Kremlin. It was erected just after the seizure of Kazan. One must see its most interesting interior paintings related with the history of Kazan. Soyembika Tower is near the Annunciation Cathedral. This seven-tier tower used to be one of the so-called leaning towers. By the early 20th century, its inclination was estimated at about 2 meters. 

The old mosque was restored at the Kremlin in 2007. It was built before Ivan the Terrible had conquered Kazan. A new mosque was built in 2005. It was the Qolsarif Mosque. Almost at once the mosque became a symbol of Kazan. It houses the Museum of Islam.

If you have time, you can visit the museums of the Kazan kremlin. Three of them are in the building of the Military School: the Museum of Natural History, the Art Gallery and the Museum of Great Patriotic War. The Museum of the Statehood of Tatarstan is in the former Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), near Soyembika Tower. 

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Kazan. The Qol-Sharif mosque and the Transfiguration tower of the Kazan Kremlin
The leaning Suumbike tower in the Kazan Kremlin. At the background of the mosque minarets this slope is especially obvious
The Qol-Sharif mosque in Kazan Kremlin - the symbol of Kazan
Seven-tier Söyembikä Tower built in the 16th century is one of the main symbols of Kazan
View of the Annunciation Cathedral fron the embankment of the Kazanka river
Annunciation Cathedral in the Kazan Kremlin built by Ivan the Terrible in 1561
Figure Zilant (dragon) near the walls of Kazan Kremlin
Spasskaya tower of Kazan Kremlin is one of the symbols of Kazan
The monument to architects of the Kazan Kremlin, near the Annunciation Cathedral
Near the altar of the Annunciation Cathedral is visible masonry of 1561 and late outbuildings
Museum of history of Tatarstan statehood is located in the Palace Church of the Kremlin
The throne of Kazan khans and the Kazan Cap at the museum of the statehood of the Tatarstan at the Kazan Kremlin
Blue dome over the tombs of Kazan khans at the foot of the tower Syuyumbike
View to the Eastern side of Kazan Kremlin from the Kazanka river embankment
Nothern building of Cannon Yard in Kazan Kremlin
A monument to the poet Musa Jalil in front of Spasskaya tower of Kazan Kremlin
The building of a cadet school now occupied by the National Art Gallery
The picture «V. I. Lenin at a student meeting at the Kazan University» (1979) by Yakupov at the National Art Gallery 
Pictures and carved wood sculptures by Urmanchi at the National Art Gallery
The chancel of the Annunciation Cathedral
The relics of Archimandrite Guriy at the Annunciation Cathedral of the Kazan Kremlin
The prayer room of the Qolşärif Mosque in Kazan
The entry to the Islam Museum within the Qolşärif Mosque
The skeleton of mammoth at the Museum of Natural History at the Kazan Kremlin
The first room of the Great Patriotic War Museum at the Kazan Kremlin