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The Kazan Kremlin (Казанский кремль)

The Kazan Kremlin is the main attraction of the capital of Tatarstan and a feather in locals’ cap.

Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. View of the Kazan Kremlin

Nowadays, on its territory, there is the official residence of the president of the Tatarstan Republic, which is placed in the 19th-century building, created for the military governor and visiting members of the imperial house.

The Kremlin territory covers an area of 1500 sq.m. Nowadays, seven guard towers linked with a strong wall remained. The most interesting of them is the Spasskaya Tower with its striking clock on an octagonal tent, built in 16th century, and the Secret (Tainitskaya) Tower which was the secret source of drinking water used during the siege.

One of the most famous constructions of Kremlin is also Soyembika Tower, which was created approximately in the 17th century. The seven-storied 58m high tower was initially built as a watchtower. On its upper storey stood observers who were obliged to notify Khan and the people about approaching enemy troops.

Several ancient temples have been preserved on the territory of the Kazan Kremlin:

  • The Palace Church (in its modern form, it was built in 1836), which is now a museum, dedicated to the history of Tatar people and its statehood.
  • The Annunciation Cathedral was built in the 16th century. In the Soviet period, the temple was used for various purposes, including economic ones. Only in 2005, it was sanctified again and now there are regular church services.
  • The Savior-Transfiguration Monastery was founded by st. Varsonofiy in the 16th century. The Brethren’s building, fragments of Transfiguration Monastery constructions, which were destroyed in the1930s, the Church of St Nicholas Patron of Warriors, etc. remained.

The Qol Sharif Mosque opened on the territory of the Kremlin in 2005. From the program of events dedicated to the 1000th anniversary of Kazan, this was the most important one.

Open hours and price

The territory of the Kazan Kremlin is open 24 hours and free of charge.

The museums:

Monday – Thursday, Saturday – Sunday from 10 to 18

Friday from 11 to 20

Ticket office

Monday – Thursday, Saturday – Sunday from 10 to 17.30

Friday from 11 to 19.30

The Museum of the History of Islam

Daily from 9 to 19.30

Ticket office from 9 to 19.00

Qol Sharif Mosque, and the Cathedral of the Annunciation

Daily from 9 to 19.30

Ticket price 700 rubles

How to get to the Kazan Kremlin

Kazan, Kremlin

Metro station:

  • Kremlevskaya (Кремлевская) – 450 m walking

Links

The Kazan Kremlin website in the Russian language

PHOTO depositphotos.com

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