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Top 15 Things to Do in Kazan, Russia

Ishaan Govardhan Jul 31, 2019
At its heart, the bustling capital of Russia's Republic of Tatarstan is a truly global city. Visitors from just about every religion feel right at home in Kazan's multicultural society.

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Start by visiting the only Kremlin to have a mosque on its grounds: the Kazan Kremlin. The stunning Kul-Sharif Mosque can fit a whopping 6000 devotees!
Before leaving the Kremlin, you should swing by the city's most iconic landmark: Khan's Mosque (aka Söyembikä Tower). This tower's origins are shrouded in fascinating local myths.
When you step outside the Kremlin, the scent of fresh flowers will draw you to this beautiful bed of flowers in the shape of a peacock's plumage.
Next, you should check out this imposing monument dedicated to the official symbol of Kazan: the legendary Zilant Dragon.
When it's time to tour other parts of the city, you can opt for a guided Segway tour of the area's major landmarks and biggest attractions.

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Visit the incredible Palace of Farmers - home of the Agricultural Ministry. And keep an eye out for this incredible 65-foot bronze tree.
You'll know you've reached the heart of the city, when you find yourself on the historic Bauman Street. It's hard to miss the huge bell tower of Epiphany Church
Strolling among the neoclassical buildings and hip cafes of Bauman Street, you'll be entertained by quite a few talented street musicians and performers.

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If you feel like going for a spin on the ice, Kazan has its share of outdoor and indoor ice skating rinks for you to explore.
Perhaps the best example of Kazan's unique blend of different cultures is its sumptuous food. Taste the best of Tatar cuisine, with treats like belesh, elesh, echpochmak, kystybyi, and other hard-to-pronounce dishes.
But the star of the plate is Chak-chak (Çäkçäk) - Tatarstan's national delicacy. This Islamic dish has been perfected in Kazan's restaurants.

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Resume your tour at the gorgeous Temple of all Religions. This triumph of religious architecture is a symbol of harmony.
Those who wish to delve into Soviet era-based history should head to the Soviet Lifestyle Museum for a nostalgic look at an intriguing time period.
As evening falls, drop by the serene Lake Kaban. It'll make for a much-needed brush with nature and you can even feed the ducks.

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If you're after the thrill of your life, just head to the Kurkachi Airfield near Kazan, for a hair-raising skydiving experience.