Kazan, Russia – City Views

Kazan, Russia – City Views

Kazan (Казань) is the largest city and capital of Tatarstan, Russia. The city lies at the confluence of the Volga and the Kazanka Rivers.

According to the official version, the city was founded more than 1,000 years ago. The estimated date of the urban settlement on the site of Kazan is 1004–1005 AD. The reason for this dating was found during excavations in the Kazan Kremlin.

Kazan was captured in 1438 by Khan Ulugh Muhammad and the Kazan Khanate was formed. It is a medieval Tatar Turkic state that occupied the territory of former Volga Bulgaria between 1438 and 1552.

In 1552, after the capture of Kazan by Tsar Ivan the Terrible, the Kazan Khanate ceased to exist and its territories were annexed to the Tsardom of Russia.

Kazan is called the “Third Capital of Russia”, which is renowned for its vibrant mix of Tatar and Russian cultures. The Kazan Kremlin is a World Heritage Site. In 2009, Kazan was chosen as the “sports capital of Russia”.

Video Source: Video Documentary on Kazan: The Beautiful Capital of Tatarstan, Russia. from Digital Pathsala on Youtube  CC BY

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