Kazan's Architectural Jewels, Kazan

Kazan's Architectural Jewels (Self Guided), Kazan

Kazan’s architectural splendors make for an enchanting experience to visitors of this historic city. Its most significant landmarks are located in the center of the city, including the famous Qolsharif Mosque and Söyembikä Tower. Discover Kazan’s most popular architectural attractions in the following tour.
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Guide Name: Kazan's Architectural Jewels
Guide Location: Russia » Kazan (See other walking tours in Kazan)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Author: karenl
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Foodstuff
  • Söyembikä Tower
  • Qolsharif Mosque
  • Gostiny Dvor
  • Hotel Kazan
  • Chenoyarovsky Passage
  • Kazan City Hall
  • Kazan State University
  • National Bank of the Republic of Tatarstan
  • Shalyapin Palace Hotel
  • Grand Hotel Kazan
Ministry of Agriculture and Foodstuff

1) Ministry of Agriculture and Foodstuff (must see)

Construction of the Ministry of Agriculture and Foodstuff began in spring 2008. One of Kazan’s most famous and amazing buildings, it features Renaissance elements, and a central element of a bronze tree with green lights representing leaves. The name of the building in Russian and Tataran can be found on its facade in metal letters.
Söyembikä Tower

2) Söyembikä Tower (must see)

Söyembikä Tower is probably the most familiar landmark and architectural symbol of Kazan. Once the highest structure of that city's Kremlin, it used to be one of the so-called leaning towers. By the early 20th century, its inclination was estimated at 194 cm (76 in). Diverse stabilization methods were used to straighten the tower in the 1930s and 1990s. The tower's construction date is enshrouded in mystery. Several scholars date its construction to the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries, when the tiered towers were exceedingly popular in Russia, but others date the tower to the 16th century, probably before 1552. In the Imperial period, the tower used to be topped with a double-headed eagle, which the Bolsheviks replaced with a red star. It is currently crowned with a Muslim crescent.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Qolsharif Mosque

3) Qolsharif Mosque (must see)

The Qolşärif mosque in Kazan Kremlin, was reputed to be - at the time of its construction - the largest mosque in Russia, and in Europe outside of Istanbul. Originally, the mosque was built in the Kazan Kremlin in the 16th century. It was named after Qolşärif who served there. Qolsharif died with his numerous students while defending Kazan from Russian forces in 1552. It is believed that the building featured minarets, both in the form of cupolas and tents. Its design was traditional for Volga Bulgaria, although elements of early Renaissance and Ottoman architecture could have been used as well.

Qolsharif is considered to be one of the most important symbols of Tatar aspirations. Nowadays the mosque predominantly serves as a Museum of Islam. At the same time during the major Muslim celebrations thousands of people gather there to pray. The Qolsharif complex was envisioned to be an important cornerstone of Kazan's architectural landscape. Besides the main mosque building it includes a library, publishing house and Imam's office.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Gostiny Dvor

4) Gostiny Dvor (must see)

Located on the site of a medieval trade center, Gostiny Dvor is a monument of beautiful Russian architecture. From 1800 to 1803, a new building was constructed to replace the previous one from 1770 which had been destroyed by fire in 1797. Built in a Russian classical style, it is open on the west side and includes the Transfiguration of Christ Church. Having suffered numerous fires, its facade and interior have undergone several reconstructions.
Hotel Kazan

5) Hotel Kazan

Located on Bauman Street, this large building is a real architectural masterpiece. One of architect Foma Petondi’s most significant works, Hotel Kazan was initially the Melnikov House, but was later reconstructed. All three of its buildings are decorated with garlands, with later additions of the frieze and columns. In the middle of 20th century the facades and interiors were redesigned.
Chenoyarovsky Passage

6) Chenoyarovsky Passage

Built in 1901, the Chenoyarovsky Passage is a modern architectural monument. Known as the profit house of merchant A. Chernoyarov. Constructed in an eclectic style, it also has elements of Baroque and Art Nouveau design. Additional buildings are connected to the main building by covered passages.
Kazan City Hall

7) Kazan City Hall (must see)

Located on Liberty Square, Kazan City Hall was founded in 1858. This two-story building resembles an Italian palazzo, with a classical eclectic facade and interior and dry frescoed walls. One of Kazan’s most unique architectures, it hosts a variety of presentations, international conferences and ceremonial events.
Kazan State University

8) Kazan State University (must see)

Founded in 1804, Kazan State University, one of Russia’s largest and oldest universities, is famous for having Vladimir Lenin as a student. Known as a forerunner in the study of chemistry due to the works of Arbuzov and Butlerov, the university became one of the largest centers of education, culture and science. The oldest part of the building contains three portals along its white facade.
National Bank of the Republic of Tatarstan

9) National Bank of the Republic of Tatarstan

The National Bank of the Republic of Tatarstan, constructed between 1912 and 1914, is a two-story neoclassical building with columns and an entablature. Some of Russia’s gold reserves were stored in its basement from 1917 to 1918. Architect A. Karimullin erected the right wing during the 1996 reconstruction.
Shalyapin Palace Hotel

10) Shalyapin Palace Hotel

Shalyapin Palace Hotel is a restored architectural masterpiece filled with all the mystery and splendor of times past. It offers the warmest hospitality and comfort demanded by even the most discriminating guest. Its windows face the beautiful city center and the classical interior possesses modern and national elements. Whether a short or long stay, its high-quality staff is always willing to accommodate with outstanding service.
Grand Hotel Kazan

11) Grand Hotel Kazan

The Grand Hotel is a modern 17-story hotel complex opened in early 2009. Conveniently located near theaters, shops and entertainment venues, the building boasts an impressive eclectic architecture with modern elements that attracts many guests. It was also the first building in the city to feature a helicopter pad on its roof.

Walking Tours in Kazan, Russia

Create Your Own Walk in Kazan

Create Your Own Walk in Kazan

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kazan is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Kazan Introduction Walking Tour

Kazan Introduction Walking Tour

Kazan’s diverse cultural heritage, heavily inspired by the creativity of such well-known figures as Gorky and Shalyapin, also has a significant influence on the surrounding regions. Take the following tour to explore the traditions of this highly developed cultural center of Russia.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles