The city of Kazan is considered the third capital of Russia, has about 1.5 million inhabitants and is the capital of the Republic of Tartastan.
Its historical center and the multiethnic coexistence between Catholics and Muslims make it recognized worldwide by Unesco, it is also one of the strongest cultural, economic, fortieth, sports and political centers in the country.
Founded on the banks of the Volga river in the year 1005, it was an obligatory point of passage of numerous commercial routes which made it have a strong economic and social development, in the year 1438 it was captured by Tartars and became a very powerful trading center . Approximately a century later Ivan IV the terrible and the principality of Moscow managed to conquer it (1552). The Tartars who lived there were either converted to Christianity or expelled to outside settlements in the city.
In the imperial era (eighteenth and nineteenth centuries) and after several fires, Pedro the Great reconverted it into an important industrial point of shipbuilding for the northern fleet. Catherine II again allowed to build mosques in the city.
Subsequently Alejandro I founded a university and it became a great center of Oriental studies, even allowed to relive the Tartar culture in the city.
It was one of the nuclei of the revolution in 1917, and thanks to its industrial development during World War II was a producer of large-scale weapons, airplanes and tanks left their factories without rest. After the war became an industrial and scientific center of the most important Urss and then Russia to this day.
You can not miss, its historical center, the Kremlin of Kazan with its mosque, Baumana street and its cathedrals, taste the typical dishes of Tartar cuisine, sail on the Volga to the island Sviyazhsk fortress of Czarist times.
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