Sightseeing

Syuyumbike Tower

The Syuyumbike Tower is located within the Kazan Kremlin complex and bears the name of the ruler of the Kazan Khanate of the 16th century. It is easily recognized among other monuments: a 58-metre building made of dark orange bricks with a gilded crescent at the top. The Syuyumbike Tower is one of the ‘leaning’ towers of the world: it bears an almost two-metre slope, leaning in the north-eastern direction. For many years this tower has been considered as a symbol of Kazan, like St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow or the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Thousands of tourists come here: there is a belief that if you touch its walls with your hand and make a wish, it will surely come true.

Historical reference

A popular legend claims that Ivan the Terrible offered Syuyumbike to become his queen, but the proud Kazan ruler rejected him. The angry king came in with a huge army to the walls of the city. The beauty had no choice but to agree to marry him, but granted if he builds the highest tower of the city in seven days. By the end of the seventh day, the tower was built, and the wedding began. Syuyumbike climbed to the very top of the tower to look at the city for the last time and, as one of the legends says, turned into a beautiful bird and flew away. In fact, the exact date of when the tower was built is still unknown. Most likely, it was built in the first half of the 18th century and became an element of the internal defensive line.

How to get there

Nearest Bus Stops — «Central Stadium», «ul. Baturina»; Metro Station «Kremlevskaya»

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