Kazan in Russia is the eighth most populated city with a population of just over 1 million people. The city lies between the Kazanka and Olga Rivers and dates back to around a thousand years when it was first founded.
In the middle ages the city was an important trade route due to its geographical location lying on the conjuncture of two rivers. In the early 1700ís the then Tsar Peter the Great slowed normal trade and made it an important Naval base for shipbuilding for his Caspian fleet. Unfortunately in 1774 as the result of a revolt most of Kazan was destroyed. During the Russian Revolution of 1905 Kazan rebuilt itself to become again an important economic hub.
There are many heritage buildings throughout Kazan in particular the Kazan Kremlin that has been declared a World Heritage Site. There are some major monuments, landmarks and cathedrals in the Kremlin most of which date back the early 16th and 17th century.
Kazan is also on the move with modernisation with many new modern buildings being built. In particular the city prides itself on sport and in 2018 Kazan will hosts the FIFA World Cup.
A fantastic wonder of architecture to see is the Kazan Church known as the temple of all religions. Built by local artist Ildar Xanov, it is located in the Staroye Arakchino Microdistrict. The temple incorporates several different religious architectural styles and is a favourite tourist attraction amongst visitors.
Another splendour of architectural brilliance worth seeing is Farmers Palace built recently in 2008. The building is the headquarters for the Ministry of Agriculture and almost looks as grandeur as the Palace of Versailles.
Public transport in Kazan is also of excellence. The Kazan Metro station is impeccable and many tourists who travel around in Kazan enjoy the experience of travelling in splendour and style.
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