“In general the meaning of Kazan is great: it’s a meeting point of two worlds. That’s why Kazan has two origins: western and eastern ones and you can meet them at each crossroad: here, because of continuous interaction, they were compressed, became good friends, and turned into something very original in its nature”
——Russian publicist, writer, philosopher
Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tartarstan, is the “Third Capital” of Russia and is one of the largest economic, scientific and cultural centers in the country. It is located in the European part of Russia, 820 km to the east of Moscow, at the junction of the large Volga and Kama Rivers. 1.2 million people representing over 100 nationalities live in the harmony of cultural, religious and language diversity in the city, making it the sixth largest city in the Russian Federation. In 2005 Kazan celebrated its 1000th anniversary. One thousand-year-old Kazan may rightly be called “young”, as it is one of the main student cities in Russia; about 200,000 students from 67 countries receive their education here.
The industrial base of the city consists of engineering, chemical and petrochemical, light and food industries. There is an efficient system of innovative structure development support in the city, networks of science parks and business incubators, industrial and business associations, and consulting and leasing companies.
In recent years Kazan has undergone rapid infrastructure construction projects including a new airport terminal, a high-speed train connecting the airport and city centre, and 14 new hotels and 11 transport junctions; the Kazan railway station was also renovated, and 23 city roads were reconstructed while new metro stations were opened, and over 60 city streets were repaired and constructed.
Additionally, in just one year, about 80,000 trees and shrubs were planted throughout the city and cleaning and reinforcement works were conducted on the Kaban Lake and the Kazanka River. In 2015 city parks were improved, with their re-envisioned designs making them the center of attention for residents and visitors alike. Thanks to this work, Kazan has become a thriving megalopolis.
There are over 150 accommodation sites in Kazan, 14 of which were opened in 2013, 19 in 2014, and 6 in 2015. This has allowed Kazan to organize and hold large-scale international competitions of the highest level.
There are over 150 accommodation sites in Kazan, 14 of which were opened in 2013, 19 – in 2014, and 6 – in 2015.
Capabilities of Kazan to organize hospitality make it possible to hold large-scale international competitions on the highest level.
Sport Kazan (1)
In 2009, Kazan was recognized as the “Sports Capital of Russia”. The city rightly and proudly bears this name, being a powerhouse of Russian sports development. Kazan is home to athletes who have garnered accolades of the highest levels, and sports clubs that participate in international competitions. “Rubin” Football Club, “Ak Bars” Hockey Club, “Zenit” and “Dinamo” Volleyball Clubs, “UNICS” Basketball Club, and the “Sintez” Water Polo Club are the clubs whose names will speak for themselves for a long time to come.
Kazan’s reputation as a “sport city” is not limited to the fact that its professional sports professionals are so successful; the city’s residents are also extremely active, participating en masse in football, hockey, volleyball and other competitions. Such mass events as the “Nations Cross-Country Race”, “Russian Ski Track”, “Leather Ball”, and “Gold Puck” are especially popular and draw tens of thousands of sports lovers of all ages from 4 to 82.
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As of 1 January, 2016, the total number of people that regularly practice physical training and sports made up around 40% of the total number of the city population, an increase from 16.4% in the last 6 years alone.
Today Kazan is one of the most visited cities in Russia, visited by over 2.1 million people in 2015. The majority of foreign tourists to Kazan come from such countries as Turkey, Great Britain, China, USA and Spain.
Kazan now is looking forward to September, 27- October, 3 when the city will host the 14th World Wushu Championship.
Bauman Street is the pedestrian street in the heart of Kazan; it was named ‘Nogayskaya Road’, ‘Prolomnaya Street’, and ‘Bolshaya Prolomnaya’ in different times of history. Bauman Street was not always a pedestrian street, but with trams, trolleys and buses running along it. Nowadays both ends of the street are connected with the underground stations Ploschad Tukaya (‘Tukay Square’) and Kremlevskaya.
Places to Visit in Kazan (1)
The Kazan Kremlin – The Kazan Kremlin was included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2000. It is called the ”heart of Kazan”, and is located on the hill over the Kazanka River. The Kremlin’s premises comprise administrative buildings and museums, including the Khazine National Art Gallery, Museum of Natural History of the Republic of Tatarstan, Great Patriotic War Memorial Museum, Hermitage Kazan Centre (branch of St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum), Museum of Islamic Culture.
Places to Visit in Kazan (2)
The Old Tatar Settlement is the historical centre of Kazan. It is located on the right bank of the Low Kaban Lake, offering people an unforgettable panoramic view.
Bauman Street is the pedestrian street in the heart of Kazan; it also was named ‘Nogayskaya Road’, ‘Prolomnaya Street’, ‘Bolshaya Prolomnaya’ at different points in history, at times with trams, trolleys and buses running along it. Nowadays both ends of the street are connected with the underground stations Ploschad Tukaya (‘Tukay Square’) and Kremlevskaya.
Media and Communications Department of the ANO Directorate for Sports and Social Projects