Sights in Kazan

Around Ulitsa Kremlyovskaya

Kazan Kremlin

The Kazan Kremlin is located in the centre of Kazan on a high peninsular sticking out into the Kazanka and Volga Rivers. A fortress has been in this location since ancient times but the present kremlin was built on the orders of Tsar Ivan the Terrible after his... Read more »

Musa Cälil Monument

  • Ploschad Pervogo Maya

Just outside the main entrance to the kremlin is a monument to the famous Tatar poet Musa Cälil (also transliterated as Musa Dzhalil). The monument was unveiled in 1985 and depicts the poet defiantly standing on rocks while his hands are tied and his legs wrapped in barbed... Read more »

National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan

  • 2 Ulitsa Kremlyovskaya
  • 10:00 – 18:00. Closed on Mondays.
  • Free entry on the first Wednesday of the month.

Near to the kremlin on the other side of Ploschad Pervogo Maya is the National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan which is located in a beautiful old building. A museum has been housed here since 1895 and is based on the collection of local historian Andrey Likhachev.... Read more »

Ss Peter and Paul’s Cathedral

  • 21 Ulitsa Musy Dzalilya

Ss Peter and Paul's Cathedral was built between 1723 and 1726 during the reign of Peter the Great. The cathedral is a wonderful example of the Russian baroque style popular under Peter the Great. It stands at 52 metres tall and is decorated with ornate details. Adjacent to... Read more »

Vladimir Lenin Monument

  • 18 Ulitsa Kremlyovskaya

In the small park opposite the Kazan (Volga) Federal University stands a statue of one of the university's most famous students – Vladimir Lenin. As a variant to the thousands of other Lenin monuments around Russia, this monument depicts Lenin in his student years. The university itself was... Read more »

Aleksandr Butlerov Monument

  • 29A Ulitsa Pushkina

Located at the entrance of Leninsky Sad (Lenin Gardens) off Ulitsa Pushkina is a statue of the Russian chemist Aleksandr Butlerov. Butlerov was born in Chistopol in the Kazansky Governorate in 1828 and after completing Kazan University went on to become one of the principle creators of the... Read more »

Around Ulitsa Karla Marksa

St Parascheva Pyatnitsa's Church

  • 1 Ulitsa Bolshaya Krasnaya

The white St Parascheva Pyatnitsa's Church was completed in the early 18th century to serve as a place of worship for a local textile mill. The church is also known as the Nativity of Virgin Mary Church. In 1937 the church was closed and used as an NKVD... Read more »

Palace of Agriculturalists

  • Ulitsa Fedoseevskaya

The grand and rather extravagant Palace of Agriculturalists was built between 2008 and 2010 as the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Production. It is located on Ulitsa Feodoseevskaya which starts close to the beginning of Ulitsa Bolshaya Krasnaya and runs parallel with the River Kazanka.... Read more »

Bogoroditsky Monastery

  • 5 Ulitsa Bolshaya Krasnaya

In 1579 after Kazan had been damaged by a great fire, a 10-year old girl called Matrona had a dream in which the Virgin Mary appeared and told her that she would find an icon among the ashes. As predicted Matrona found the icon depicting the Virgin Mary... Read more »

Vladimir Lenin Monument

  • Ploschad Svobody

In a small park on Freedom Square, opposite the Musa Cälil State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre is a statue of Vladimir Lenin in a familiar pose. Lenin lived in Kazan from September 1888 to May 1889 and briefly studied at Kazan University until he was expelled for... Read more »

St Catherine’s Lutheran Church

  • 26 Ulitsa Karla Marksa

There has been a Lutheran community in Kazan since the 16th century, mainly German immigrants. The construction of the first Lutheran Church began after Catherine the Great’s visit to Kazan in 1767 and was consecrated in 1771 in honour of St Catherine. The current version was built between... Read more »

Museum of the Millennium of Kazan

The Museum of the Millennium of Kazan was opened in 2005 as part of Kazan's millennium celebrations in the Kazan National Cultural Centre. The modern museum comprises three sections, the first dedicated to ancient Kazan and Volga Bulgaria, the second to Kazan as part of the Russian Empire... Read more »

Näcip Cihanov Apartment-Museum

In 2001 the apartment where the composer Näcip Cihanov (also transliterated as Nazib Zhiganov) lived for 18 years of his life was turned into the Näcip Cihanov Apartment-Museum. From 1945 to 1988 Cihanov served as rector of the Kazan Conservatory, which is now named in his honour. The... Read more »

Maksim Gorky Literary-Memorial Museum

The Maksim Gorky Literary-Memorial Museum was opened in 1940 in the former house where Aleksey Peshkov worked as a cook from 1886 to 1887 before adopting his penname of Maksim Gorky and becoming a famous author. Peshkov came to Kazan to enrol at the Kazan Imperial University, but... Read more »

Salix Säydäş House-Museum

The Salix Säydäş (also transliterated as Salikh Saidashev) House-Museum was opened in 1993 in the two-storey house where the famous Tatar composer and conductor lived from 1928 to 1954. The White Room in the museum serves as a memorial room for the composer and displays some of his... Read more »

Musa Cälil Apartment-Museum

In 1983 the Musa Cälil Apartment-Museum was founded in the apartment where the poet lived from 1940 until he went to war in 1941. The first room's interior has been recreated to how it looked when Cälil lived there and the second room has exhibitions on the life... Read more »

State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan

  • 64 Ulitsa Karla Marksa
  • 10:00 – 17:00 (weekends: 10:00 – 16:00). Closed on Mondays.
  • Free entry on the first Tuesday of the month.

The State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan is housed in the former Sandetsky Estate which dates from the early 19th century. The gallery has several collections including ancient, classical and modern Russian art, western and eastern art, decorative and applied art, graphic art and... Read more »

Vasili Aksyonov House-Museum

Opposite to the State Museum of Fine Arts is the Vasili Aksyonov House-Museum. The Russian author, who is most famous for his ‘Generations of Winter’ saga, was born in Kazan in 1932. After his death in 2009, the house where he spent his childhood was turned into a... Read more »

Yevgeni Boratynsky House-Museum

In 1977 the Yevgeni Boratynsky Museum was opened in a school building and in the Boratynsky city estate. Boratynsky was a poet of the same era as Aleksandr Pushkin, who described Boratynsky as Russia’s finest elegiac poet. Boratynsky briefly lived in Kazan as his wife had an estate... Read more »

Gavriil Derzhavin Monument

  • Lyadskoy Sad

Situated in the park off Ulitsa Gorkogo known as Lyadskoy Sad is a statue of the Russian poet and statesman Gavriil Derzhavin. Derzhavin was born in the Kazan Governorate and was a descendent of a Tatar prince who left the Golden Horde to serve Grand Prince Vasili II.... Read more »

Baqi Urmançe Museum

On the other side of Lydskoy Sad is the Baqi Urmançe Museum which was created in 1998 to celebrate the work and life of one of Tatarstan's finest artists - Baqi Urmançe (also transliterated as Baki Urmanche) - who died in Kazan in 1990. Urmançe's work includes paintings,... Read more »

Great Martyr Barbara's Church

  • 67 Ulitsa Karla Marksa

Great Martyr Barbara's Church was originally built in the end of the 18th century to meet the needs of the local cemetery, but later it became a parish church in its own right. By the turn of the 20th century the church had fallen into disrepair and was... Read more »

Around Ulitsa Baumana

Ulitsa Baumana

  • Ulitsa Baumana

Until 1930 Ulitsa Baumana was known as Ulitsa Prolomnaya as according to local legend it was here that Russian troops broke through the city's defences (prolomit being the Russian for ‘to break through’). Many of Kazan's sights are located nearby, but the street itself is also an attraction... Read more »

Ioanno-Predtechensky Monastery

  • 2 Ulitsa Baumana

The Ioanno-Predtechensky Monastery was founded by St German, Bishop of Kazan, sometime between 1564 and 1568 and is dedicated to St John the Baptist (known as Ioann Predtech in Russian). Originally it was established as a podvorye (a representation church) of the Sviyazhsky Uspensky Monastery, also founded by... Read more »

St Nicholas' Eparchial Cathedral

  • 5 Ulitsa Baumana

St Nicholas' Eparchial Cathedral is better described as an architectural complex comprising three buildings: a bell tower and two churches. The five-domed Intercession Church which dates from the turn of the 18th century and the adjacent turquoise-coloured St Nicholas' Church which was completed in 1885. The complex was... Read more »

Epiphany Cathedral

  • 78 Ulitsa Baumana

The Epiphany Cathedral was built in 1741 and subsequently extended in 1756. After the Revolution, the cathedral remained open for longer than other churches, but it too was eventually closed from 1939 until 1996. During this time it was used as a store and as a sports hall.... Read more »

Fyodor Shalyapin Monument

  • outside 80 Ulitsa Baumana

The world-renowned Russian opera singer Fyodor Shalyapin (also spelled Chaliapin) was born in Kazan in 1873 and lived there until he was 17, gaining his first experiences of singing in public in a church choir in the city. This monument was unveiled in 1999 on the 125th anniversary... Read more »

Soviet Life Museum

The Museum of Soviet Life was opened in 2011 after an exhibition entitled "Jeans as a Cult" proved popular in the city. The city authorities allocated a former communal apartment (kommunalka) to house the museum; a fitting location for such a museum. The museum now has various exhibits... Read more »

Mullanur Vakhitov Monument

  • Skver Vakhitova

Standing at the top of the hill on Ploschad Tukaya (Tuqay Square) is a statue of the Tatar revolutionary Mullanur Vakhitov. Vakhitov was born in the Perm Governorate in 1885 and became interested in the Social-Democrat movement at college. He later took part in the 1905 Revolution in... Read more »

Ğabdulla Tuqay Monument

  • Skver Gabdully Tukaya

Skver Gabully Tukaya (Ğabdulla Tuqay Gardens) just off Ploschad Tukaya (Tuqay Square) unsurprisingly features a statue of Ğabdulla Tuqay (also transliterated as Gabdulla Tukai) who is one of the most famous Tatar poets and is credited with being the founder of modern Tatar literature. Tuqay was born in... Read more »

Around Ulitsa Ostrovskogo and Ulitsa Ulianova-Lenina

Sharif Kamal Museum

  • 15 Ulitsa Ostrovskogo
  • 10:00 - 18:00. Closed on Sunday and Monday.

Located inside a late-19th century - early-20th century merchant mansion is the Sharif Kamal Museum which was opened in 1980. Sharif Kamal, born Sharif Baigildiev, was a famous Tatar poet and writer, who died in Kazan in 1942 aged 58. This museum includes a memorial room and an... Read more »

Qol Ğäli Monument and Millennium Fountain

  • Millennium Park (next to Ulitsa Ostrovskogo)

Qol Ğäli (sometimes spelled Kul Gali) was a 12th century Volga Bulgar poet considered to be the founder of medieval Tatar Literature. His most famous work is the Qíssai Yosıf (Tale of Yusuf) which he wrote in 1233. This statue to him was unveiled in 2005 as part... Read more »

Exaltation of the Cross Roman Catholic Church

  • 73 Ulitsa Ostrovskogo

Kazan’s first catholic church was opened in Kazan in 1858 but this was closed down in 1927 and the catholic parish was dissolved. The old church’s building was given over to a technical college. It was only in 1995 that a catholic parish was re-established and plans were... Read more »

Our Lady of Kazan Old-Believers Church

  • 81 Ulitsa Ostrovskogo

Just down from Kazan's Catholic Church is the Our Lady of Kazan Old-Believers Church which was completed in 1912. It was built in the ancient Russian style out of red bricks and with a central green dome. In 1931, not too long after it was opened, the church... Read more »

Zakabannaya Mosque

  • 26 Ulitsa Taktasha

The red and green Zakabannaya Mosque gets its name as it is located across the Qaban Lake ("za Kaban") away from the majority of mosques in Kazan which are in the Staraya-Tatarskaya Sloboda. It is also known as the Millennium of Islam Mosque as it was built to... Read more »

Intercession Old-Believers Eparchial Cathedral

  • 11 Ulitsa Ulyanova-Lenina

The Intercession Old-Believers Cathedral was built between 1905 and 1909 after the law granting religious freedom was adopted in Russia. In style the cathedral is very similar to the nearby Our Lady of Kazan Old-Believers Church, but this church has extra domes which are black in colour. Today... Read more »

Academics Aleksandr and Boris Arbuzov Memorial-Museum

In 1971 the Academics Aleksandr and Boris Arbuzov Memorial-Museum was opened in the wooden house where Aleksandr Arbuzov and his son Boris lived. The father and son were both famous chemists. Aleksandr is most famous for his work in the field of Organic Chemistry and the Michaelis-Arbuzov Reaction... Read more »

In the Staraya Tatarskaya Sloboda

Soltan (Sultanovskaya) Mosque

  • 14 Ulitsa Gabdully Tukaya

Standing on the corner of Ulitsa Galiaskara Kamala and Ulitsa Gabdully Tukaya is the immediately noticeable turquoise Soltan Mosque which is also known as the Eighth Congressional Mosque. The mosque dates from 1868. Its construction was funded by the Tatar merchant Ziganshi Usmanov and sometimes it is referred... Read more »

Our Lady of Tikhvin Church

  • 4 Ulitsa Khudyakova

The Our Lady of Tikhvin Church is the only surviving Orthodox Church in the Staraya Tatarskaya Sloboda. The original church dates from 1646 and 1685 but this was either completed rebuilt or heavily renovated in the late 18th century. Then between 1898 and 1900 new side-chapels were built... Read more »

Qayum Nasıri Museum

The Qayum Nasıri Museum is dedicated to historian, ethnographer and linguist Qayum Nasiri (also transliterated as Kayum Nasyri), who is also considered one of the founders of the modern Tatar literary language. The museum details the life and work of Nasiri and features many handwritten and printed documents,... Read more »

Nurulla Mosque

  • 74/15 Ulitsa Moskovskaya

The Nurulla Mosque is also referred to as the Sennaya Mosque after its proximity to the Senny Market and as the Yunusovskaya Mosque after its founder. In addition, it is also known as the Seventh Congressional Mosque. It was built between 1845 and 1849 using the funds of... Read more »

Salix Säydäş Monument

  • 2 Ulitsa Tatarstan

Salix Säydäş (sometimes transliterated as Salikh Saidashev) was a famous Tatar composer and conductor who was born near Kazan in 1900. In his career Säydäş made a significant contribution to the development of Tatar music. This monument to him was unveiled in 2005 as part of Kazan's millennium... Read more »

Al-Märcani (Al-Mardzjani) Mosque

  • 17 Ulitsa Kayma Nasyri

The Märcani Mosque was built between 1766 and 1770 and became the first mosque to be built in Kazan since Ivan the Terrible's 1552 conquest of Kazan. Permission to build the mosque was personally granted by Empress Catherine the Great. The mosque was built in the traditional Tatar... Read more »

Apanay (Apanaevskaya) Mosque

  • 29 Ulitsa Kayma Nasyri

The Apanay Mosque was built between 1768 and 1771 just after the Al-Märcani Mosque. It bears the name of the merchant Apanaev who donated money for its construction, but it is also referred to as the Second Congressional Mosque. The yellow and green mosque was built in the... Read more »

Blue (Golubaya) Mosque

  • 19/8 Ulitsa Fatykha Karima

The Blue Mosque is also referred to as the Fourth Congressional Mosque. It is known as the Blue Mosque as it was traditionally blue in colour. It was built in the classical style between 1815 and 1819 and further extended in 1864 and 1907. The mosque was closed... Read more »

Bornay (Burnaevskaya) Mosque

  • Ulitsa Gabdully Tukaya / Ulitsa Akhtyamova

The red-brick Bornay Mosque, also known as the Third Congressional Mosque, was built in 1872 on the site of an older wooden mosque and bears the name of the merchant who funded the project. In its design it comprises elements of ancient Tatar and Russian architecture. The most... Read more »

Ğabdulla Tuqay Literary Museum

The Ğabdulla Tuqay Literary Museum is located in the grand manor house known as Shamil House which was built in 1903. The museum was opened in 1986 and is dedicated to the work and life of the famous Tatar poet Ğabdulla Tuqay (Gabdulla Tukai), who is credited with... Read more »

Äcem (Azimovskaya) Mosque

  • 15 Ulitsa Fatkullina

The Äcem Mosque is also known as the Azimovskaya Mosque from its Russian name and as the Sixth Congressional Mosque. It is a fine example of Tatar religious architecture. It was built between 1867 and 1890 on the site of an old wooden mosque using the funds of... Read more »

In the Novaya Tatarskaya Sloboda

İske Taş (Iske-Tash) Mosque

  • 34A Ulitsa Mazita Gafuri

According to legend, after the 1552 conquest of Kazan, Tartar leaders who served under Tsar Ivan the Terrible requested that they be allowed to bury the Tatar dead in the Muslim manner. This was permitted and afterwards they placed a large boulder on the site so that it... Read more »

Pink (Rozovaya) Mosque

  • 67 Ulitsa Mazita Gafuri

The Pink Mosque is located next to the terminal of a tram line in the Novaya Tatarskaya Sloboda. From its appearance it is unclear why it is called the Pink Mosque as now it is green in colour. It is also known as the Nizenkaya Bukhara Mosque after... Read more »

Old Tatar Cemetery

  • Ulitsa Mekhovschikov + Ulitsa Yul Uram

The Old Tatar Cemetery in the very south of the Novaya Tatarskaya Sloboda was created along with the new quarter itself in the mid-18th century. The cemetery serves as the final resting place for many famous Tatars, most notably Ğabdulla Tuqay, Qayum Nasıri, Salix Säydäş and Baqi Urmançe.... Read more »

North of the River Kazanka

Memorial-Temple to Russian Soldiers who Fell at the Conquest of Kazan

  • On an island in River Kazanka

The pyramid located on an island in the River Kazanka and connected to the Kirovskaya Dam by a small mound is a Memorial-Temple to Russian Soldiers who Fell during the Conquest of Kazan. Before the area was flooded in Soviet times to create the Kuibyshevskoe Reservoir the temple... Read more »

Svyato-Uspensky Zilantov Convent

  • Ulitsa Zilantova Gora

Originally a convent was founded in 1552 on the site of mass graves of Russian soldiers killed during the conquest of Kazan, so that the nuns could pray for their souls. However it was later decided that to prevent it from flooding each spring, it should be moved... Read more »

Kizichesky Vvedensky Monastery

  • 98 Ulitsa Dekabristov

When an anthrax epidemic broke out in the city in 1654-1655 killing thousands of people, it was decided to bring a wonder-working copy of the Our Lady of Smolensk Icon from the Semiozernaya Bogorodichnaya Hermitage to Kazan so that the populace could pray for a miracle. The epidemic... Read more »

Victory Park

  • Prospekt Yamasheva

Kazan's Victory Park (Park Pobedy) was opened in the 1970s when 1418 trees were planted here; one tree to represent each year of the war. In 1995 a memorial complex was created to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the war. The most striking feature of... Read more »

Kazan Monument Registry Office

  • Leninskaya Damba

Standing on the bank of the River Kazanka opposite to the Kremlin is a marriage registry office with a big difference as it takes the form of a giant cooking pot known as a kazan. According to legend Kazan gets its name from such a cooking utensil after... Read more »

Staroe Arakchino Platform

Temple of All Religions

  • 2 Ulitsa Privolzhskaya

The Temple of All Religious is a unique architectural ensemble created by Kazan artist and philanthropist Ildar Khanov in 1992 to promote the peaceful coexistence of religions. The complex incorporates a mosque, orthodox church, Buddhist temple and a synagogue; in total it has 16 domes representing 16 world religions.... Read more »