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Day 177 - Exploring Cultural Harmony: Visiting a Church in Historically & Culturally Rich Kazan

Updated: Oct 1, 2023

Day 177 (27 June 2023) - Kazan, Russia


DAY 177 (27 JUNE 2023) – I spent the day visiting several tourist spots in the city with Nail. At first, we visited the Kazan Kremlin, the majestic white fortress that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

We walked through the Spasskaya Tower, which was the main entrance into the Kremlin. The inside of the fortress consists of structures from the 10th century, as well as historical buildings built from the 16th to 19th centuries.

The fortress itself was initially built with wood in the 10th century, before it was rebuilt with stone in the 12th century.

Right behind the fortress is the Volga River, which is apparently Europe’s longest river. Then, there was the leaning Soyembika Tower (with an arc), which was built in the 17th century and has a legendary story of its own.

I also got a chance to step inside the Annunciation Cathedral, which was built in the 16th century, making it the oldest building in the Kazan Kremlin (fortress)!

It was initially built as a wooden structure and later built into a stone cathedral.

The exterior and interior architecture is simply stunning! There are beautiful paintings on the wall, pillars, doors and the vaulted ceilings. The high ceilings are adorned with chandeliers and the altars have unique designs.

I stayed 2 nights at Kazan at the ‘Backpack Hostel’ for RM 42 per night.



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