Kazan. July 19, 2008 – day 1, part 2. Something old, something new

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Black Lake

After my visit to the Kremlin and taking lots of pics I had to get back to my hotel because I left my extra batteries there. No very smart of me. Then I made my second go out to the city. My plan was to explore the north part of center, the one between Kazanka river and Bauman Ul. It started with the Black Lake just behind my hotel • a tiny and not a very clean place but it does have a lake. Next to it the map promised me Lenin Garden, and I was ready to see one more monument of the Leader but…nothing! Lenin Garden turned out to be a lovely park with a very European looking fountain and a monument to the victims of political repressions. I think a Lenin used to stay on its place. On the corner there is a greenish building decorated with golden semi-moons • it is Muslims Spiritual Management House. Just a block from it I saw famous Kazan Opera House. The most impressive part of it - in my opinion • is a huge Pushkin monument (the street is named after him). I have seen many Pushkin’s but this one does look massive and even aggressive. I turned the corner and…oh yes… Lenin is here, he is pointing out to the main entrance of the Opera House while the House of the Government of Tatarstan is behind his back and The City Town Hall (former Nobility Assembly) on his left • a nice mixture that forms a square.

Muslim Spiritual Management House
Pity that I screwed up with panoramic view function in my camera again • otherwise we all would enjoy the full of it J

 

Behind the House of the Government stands a red-brick building - Kazan 1000th Anniversary Museum, modern and looking neither Russian nor Tatar. Close to it there are some abstract sculptures and a nice fountain that I first thought to be a fish but it turned out to be a long-haired woman. From this place I enjoyed a nice view over Kazanka river and Millennium Bridge. It was Saturday and lots of people were hanging out on the beach here and on the other bank called Riviera. And yes, I saw a rainbow in the fountain waters!!!

 

The neighborhood between the river and the downtown represents a weird mixture of old and new building standing next to each other.

Lenin Garden
Being more than 1000 years old Kazan has a great opportunities for developers.

 

In this area some places attracted my attention • Music College building, it used to be an office where Fedor Shalyapin worked as a penman; Gavriil Derzhavin Monument (a Russian poet of the XVIII-XIX centuries), Baratynsky’s House (the house where the poet lived), Water Carter M Monument by Kazan Water Supply Office and Hermitage Garden (I went to see it because there is a park with the same name in Moscow, the one in Kazan looks like a part of forest, nothing but the name in common).

 

Then I reached Tukay Square named after a Tatar poet. Now here there is a mall, restaurants and other places to hang out. I had my lunch and was ready to explore again.

 

From Tukay Square up hills runs the most famous Kazan street • Bauman Ul.

Lenin Garden, Monument to the victims of political repressions
It is a pedestrian area and it explains why it is so popular. The treasure of the street is the Epiphany Church where Fedor Shalyapin was baptized (the monument to him is just next to it). Then I saw a bronze copy of the carriage which belonged to Catherine the Great and National Bank of Tatarstan where in 1917-1920 the golden stock of Russia was kept.

 

The gem of the city is by no doubt awesome SS Peter and Paul’s Church built in memory of visiting Kazan by Peter the Great in 1726. It is close to Bauman Ul, the Kremlin and my hotel. In the morning I was waking up by bell music. I drop by just when the evening service was over, and could enjoy a magnificent peal and an incredibly beautiful church in the light of sunset.

 

Then I made my way back to the Kremlin and visited St. John the Baptist’s Monastery close to it and a nice church built in XVII century.

 

Kazan is one of those cities that have a metro.

Kazan Opera House, Pushkin Monument
My impression was that metro in Kazan is not really needed. It is just one line consisting of 5 stations, very few people and many security guides. I was not allowed to take pictures there L Kazan metro was built for the city 1000th birthday so it is rather an attraction than a means of transport. I used it once and I must say it is good • clean and modern. From the Kremlin metro took me back to Tukay Square and I headed to the river-boat station to check the time table. Unfortunately, you still need to go there instead of just checking online.  I walked along a very long Tatarstan Ul and on my way enjoyed Magic Fountains and many happy people hanging out and even dancing there on a warm Saturday night.

 

I visited the river-boat station, made my plans for the next day and got back to the downtown. I found a nice bar called Cuba Libre and my attraction to Latin things stopped me there to have some mojitos and chat with funny Serbian guys. It was a good end of my first day in Kazan.

Lenin Monument infront of the House of Government of Tatarstan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marinushka says:
Everybody is very welcome to Russia:)
Posted on: Aug 10, 2008
mpmurph133 says:
Well done Marina! :)
Posted on: Aug 09, 2008
lucian_32y says:
I like the way you write. I just want to visit Russia and Kazan now!
Posted on: Aug 09, 2008
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Black Lake
Black Lake
Muslim Spiritual Management House
Muslim Spiritual Management House
Lenin Garden
Lenin Garden
Lenin Garden, Monument to the vict…
Lenin Garden, Monument to the vic…
Kazan Opera House, Pushkin Monument
Kazan Opera House, Pushkin Monument
Lenin Monument infront of the Hous…
Lenin Monument infront of the Hou…
Nobility Assembly building
Nobility Assembly building
Kazan Opera House
Kazan Opera House
Lenin looking at the Kazan Opera H…
Lenin looking at the Kazan Opera …
Kazan 1000th Anniversary Museum
Kazan 1000th Anniversary Museum
Rainbow
Rainbow
Fountain close to Kazan 1000th Ann…
Fountain close to Kazan 1000th An…
Kazanka river and Millenium Bridge
Kazanka river and Millenium Bridge
Overlooking Kazanka river
Overlooking Kazanka river
Kazanka river
Kazanka river
Old and new Kazan
Old and new Kazan
Fedor Shalyapin worked as penman h…
Fedor Shalyapin worked as penman …
Derzhavin Monument
Derzhavin Monument
Baratynskys House
Baratynsky's House
Water Carrier Monument
Water Carrier Monument
Hermitage Garden
Hermitage Garden
Tukay Square
Tukay Square
Buaman Ul
Buaman Ul
Shalyapin Monument and Shalyapin P…
Shalyapin Monument and Shalyapin …
Shalyapin Monument
Shalyapin Monument
Belltower of the Epiphany Church
Belltower of the Epiphany Church
A man playing guitar by the bellto…
A man playing guitar by the bellt…
Epiphany Church - Fedor Shapyapin …
Epiphany Church - Fedor Shapyapin…
Epiphany Church
Epiphany Church
Artists on Bauman Ul.
Artists on Bauman Ul.
National Bank of Tatarstan
National Bank of Tatarstan
Fountain on Bauman Ul.
Fountain on Bauman Ul.
Cuba Libre
Cuba Libre
Cuba Libre
Cuba Libre
727 km to Moscow
727 km to Moscow
Catherine the Greats carriage
Catherine the Great's carriage
Glimpses of the past
Glimpses of the past
SS Peter and Pauls Cathedral
SS Peter and Paul's Cathedral
Belltower of SS Peter and Pauls C…
Belltower of SS Peter and Paul's …
SS Peter and Pauls Cathedral
SS Peter and Paul's Cathedral
John the Baptists Monastery
John the Baptist's Monastery
John the Baptists Monastery
John the Baptist's Monastery
Glimpses of the XVII century
Glimpses of the XVII century
SS Peter and Pauls Cathedral
SS Peter and Paul's Cathedral
Kremlin walls
Kremlin walls
Entrance to Kazan metro, Kremlevsk…
Entrance to Kazan metro, Kremlevs…
Flower Symbol of Tatarstan
Flower Symbol of Tatarstan
Fountains
Fountains
Fountains in Kazan
Fountains in Kazan
Sunset on Volga
Sunset on Volga
Kazan River-Boat Station
Kazan River-Boat Station
Magic fountains
Magic fountains
Magic fountains
Magic fountains
Belltower of Epiphany Church at ni…
Belltower of Epiphany Church at n…
Kazan
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