What country is Kazan in?
Kazan, with its approximately 1.15 million inhabitants, is the capital of the Autonomous Republic of Tatarstan and the sixth largest city in Russia after Nizhny Novgorod. It is located about 816 kilometers from Moscow. The remarkable thing about this city, which was conquered by Ivan the Terrible in 1552, is the harmony between the Christian Orthodox and the Muslim inhabitants, which is visible in the architecture, among other things.
Thus, the well-known Kul Sharif Mosque and the Annunciation Cathedral on the Kremlin stand close to each other.
In Kazan, half of the population is made up of Tatars, and the other half is made up of Russians. Accordingly, it is obvious that both Tatar and Russian are the official languages.
Kazan was originally created by the Volga Bulgars in 1177 under the name Bulgar-Dzadid. The so-called Golden Horde, a Mongolian khanate of the Middle Ages, made the city its own in the 13th century. In the following century, after the fall of the Mongol regency, the Khanate of Kazan was established and Kazan was named its capital.
The khanate existed until 1552, when the attempt to conquer Kazan, which had become a center of trade and crafts, by Ivan IV, also known as Ivan the Terrible, was successful. By the end of the 17th century, the city was rebuilt.
Today, on August 30, Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan and the official third capital of Russia, celebrates its 1016th anniversary.
Being an ancient city, the center of a progressive region, a meeting place of Eastern and Western cultural traditions and a host of world-class events, Kazan in 2014 took the eighth place in the world and the third place in Europe among the fastest growing tourist destinations according to the TripAdvisor ranking.
What attracts millions of tourists to the Tatar capital every year?
Kazan became more popular abroad mainly due to major sporting events such as the 27th World Summer Universiade, which, according to FISU President Claude-Louis Gallien, was the best in the history of world university and youth sports competitions. Thanks to the Universiade, numerous sports facilities were built in the city, which made Kazan a great venue for world-class events. So, after the Universiade, Kazan hosted the 16th World Championship in water sports and the Red Bull Air Race. The city also hosted matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017 and matches of the FIFA World Cup in 2018.
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