The city of Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan republic. It is located in the north-west of Tatarstan, and lies on the confluence of the Kazanka River and the Volga River. Kazan tourism infrastructure is developing very rapidly. Tours to Kazan are very easy to buy.
The population of Kazan numbers over 1.1 million people.
The city is a major industrial, commercial and cultural city; it is also a railway, highway and aircraft center, and the largest port on the Volga River. Kazan is a very popular destination with tourists, and many people travel to Kazan to see its great sights.
The city of Kazan is very developed: metalworking and machine-building, aircraft and device-making, chemistry (including oil chemistry), light and food industries are the leading industrial branches of the city. Helicopters and planes, compressor and refrigerating equipment, various devices, medications, and many more products are among those manufactured in the city. E.g., "Krasny Vostok", PLC brewery concern is one of the leaders of the Russian food industry.
Kazan is also a large scientific centre of Russia and Tatarstan. The Kazan State University was founded in 1804, being the second oldest university in the Russian Federation. In general there are 30 higher educational establishments in the city. Besides, the Kazan Centre of Science of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences of Republic Tatarstan, as well as a network of scientific research institutes are located in Kazan.
The city of Kazan is very valuable as a historic and cultural center; it cherishes its heritage and belongs to class "A" cities (like Moscow or Saint-Petersburg). The Kazan Kremlin is enrolled in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is one of the most popular interest places for tourists, who travel to Kazan.
Such noble and famous people as F.I.Shalyapin, N.I.Lobachevsky, L.N.Tolstoy, S.T.Aksakov, G.R.Derzhavin, M.A.Balakirev, V.V.Khlebnikov, and many others were born and educated in Kazan, working here upon graduation.
The city is the gem of the Tatar culture. Kayum Nasyri, Musa Dzhalil, Shigabutdin Mardzhani, Farid Yarullin created their masterpieces while living in Kazan. The city is also characterized as multi-confessional: there are a Catholic chapel, a Judaism synagogue, 20 mosques, several Orthodox temples, a Lutheran Church and other cult establishments. One has an opportunity to enter the orthodox theological seminary and the Russian Islamic university.
The cultural traditions are maintained by the philharmonic society too: 4 state orchestras, the Ensemble of songs and dance of Tatarstan, the second-largest in Russia Bolshoy Concert Hall, opera houses, drama and puppet theatres. Among the other educational establishments there are 7 higher and secondary educational institutions of culture and art, and over 50 musical and art schools.
It is really worth traveling to Kazan to see its sights and places of interest!