“This is a must see!” - that’s the main impression you are going to get from the Kazan Kremlin, the pride of Tatarstan. Its vast territory not only contains the residence of the President Tatarstan and administrative buildings, but also the Kul Sharif Mosque, the Blagoveschensky (Annunciation) Cathedral and the famous Syuymbike Tower, which is, by the way, one of the few leaning structures in the world. Made of red bricks, it strikes your eye at the first glance. The construction of the Tower is shrouded in legends – which, on the other hand, could be said about the whole thousand year history of the Kazan Kremlin. One of such legends tells about a great underground kingdom under the city, where a fire-breathing dragon called Zilant dwells. The underground of Kazan is also mentioned in the descriptions of the trench under the Kremlin walls dug out by Ivan the Terrible’s army. The trench started from the famous Dair bath house on the bank of the Bolaq River, whose impressive masonry vaults were used as protection from air attacks.
The Kazan Kremlin State History, Culture and Art Preserve Museum was founded on the territory of the modern Kremlin exactly 20 years ago. The total area of this preserve museum is about 150 thousand sq. m, the outside perimeter of the walls is about 1800 meters, there are 8 fortress towers, and 3 of them are gate towers. Today tours are organized here almost in all languages of the world and permanent museum exhibitions are open to visitors.
The pride of the Republic is popular with bright young people as well, with such regular events as the Kremlin LIVE International Modern Culture Festival, Night at Kazan Kremlin and the Kremlin Readings.
Those who get tired of exploring the treasures of the white-stone miracle, are advised to take some rest at a small restaurant, which is located right behind the thick walls in the Pushechny Dvor (Cannon Yard) building.
Kazan Kremlin never sleeps. In the daytime it hosts guests, and at night it switches its beautiful illumination on, making everyone admire the ancient architecture in new and exciting ways.