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Bolgar

Essentials

Bolgar was once the capital of Volga Bulgaria and remnants from this ear can be found in the city's museum reserve. Today the city is considered the spiritual centre of Tatarstan and a magnificent white mosque has been built here. In summer months you can visit Bolgar via a ferry from Kazan, but in winter months you will have to travel by bus.

Bolgar


Basic facts
Russian Name Болгар
Tatar Name Болгар (Bolğar)
Status City and administrative centre of the Spassky District of the Republic of Tatarstan
Location On the left-bank of the River Volga
Distance 210km south of Kazan; 1,020km east of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 8,606 people (2014)
Founded 10th century
First mentioned 920
Former Names Bulgar, Veliky Bulgar (Great Bulgar), Spasskoe, Spassk, Spassk-Tatarsky, Kuibyshev