The surroundings of Kazan are a real treasure trove of interesting small towns and sights. The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery, the island-city of Sviyazhsk, the unusual Temple of All Religions, combining elements of the Orthodox, Buddhist, Islamic and other sanctuaries – these are just a small part of the near-Kazan places, which are not a pity to get acquainted with for a whole day. “Subtleties” found out where else you should definitely go while in Kazan.
Hundreds of years ago, the ancient city of Bolgar was the capital of the Golden Horde, and today it is an open-air museum. On its territory there is a UNESCO site – the Bulgarian Historical and Archaeological Complex, which includes a dozen mausoleums, chambers, minarets, palaces and other ancient buildings, as well as museums of the Koran, Bulgarian civilization, the history of the Turkic-Tatar literature and others. You can get here by boat or car. Beautiful views and lots of interesting facts are guaranteed.1
2. Blue lakes
20 km north of Kazan are the Blue Lakes – a group of reservoirs of karst origin with turquoise water. This is a favorite place for divers: the water here is very clear, visibility reaches tens of meters, including at night. Another feature of lakes is mud, which contains many useful elements. They are used to treat vacationers in the Krutushka sanatorium located by the lakes. /f550x700/9b/6x/9b6xysotje8ssk8oo04sgogwo.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>
3. Tatars Avyly
Tatar ethnographic village (off. site) is a popular destination for family trips from Kazan. It contains wooden buildings of the 15th-20th centuries: a mill, pottery and weaving workshops, residential buildings, and a Tatar cuisine cafe. Guests of “Tatar Avyla” are offered to create a product from a vine, ceramics, wood, grind flour, plow a field with a plow, inspect ancient utensils, buy delicacies, admire peacocks, goats, decorative birds in a petting zoo. You can get here by car in an hour. /a6mybphpll44ow4ooo8g4sc0s.jpeg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>
Elabuga dates back its history from the 10th century, it even preserved buildings from the time of the state of Volga Bulgaria. But it is interesting to most tourists not for historical architecture, but for famous residents. The artist I. I. Shishkin was born here, lived for some time and was inspired by landscapes. In 1941, Marina Tsvetaeva was evacuated here, and immediately she herself summed up her life. In memory of Shishkin and Tsvetaeva, museum houses have been opened in Yelabuga, guests can also visit the grave of the poetess.1
High technologies in Innopolis permeate everything inside and out: people are transported by unmanned taxis, chips are used in apartments with might and main “smart home”, ultra-modern architecture.
The city's official website reports that Innopolis is designed the way IT specialists dream. Everything is permeated with high technologies: unmanned taxis transport people, smart home chips are used in apartments, the architecture is ultra-modern, events are all with the prefix IT (lectures, hackathons, meetups, conferences). At the same time, it is very picturesque and cozy here, full of nice cafes and you want to stay forever – the atmosphere is addictive. tonkosti.ru/sized/f550x700/9x/r5/9xr55x4k3ls0cgoko0cgg0k8c.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>
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Yoshkar-Ola is called the capital of architectural fakes – for the abundance of interesting replicas that can be seen here. What are only the embankment of Bruges, built up with gingerbread houses (the most “delicious” is the registry office), the Tsarevo-Kokshay Kremlin, Obolensky-Nogotkov Square in the Venetian style, the elegant Puppet Theater and other masterpieces. And the monuments to Yoshkin's cat, Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly, Pushkin? What about national cuisine? You can try local boiled pies, three-layer pancakes and homemade sausages in authentic cafes – both inexpensive and tasty.