About Kazan

About Kazan
  • Coordinates: 55°47N49°10E
  • Land area: 425.3 sq. km.
  • Time zone: MSK (UTC + 3)

Kazan is a city with a thousand-year history and rich culture and is the capital of one of the most advanced and hospitable regions of Russia – Republic of Tatarstan.

Tatarstan is traditionally ranked one of the progressive regions of the Russian Federation and is well known outside Russia. The region is rich in natural resources. In the economic structure, the industry has the largest share (including mining, manufacturing, mechanical engineering, and metalworking). IT industry is an important area of development in the region.

Synthesis of two cultures

Kazan embodies the synthesis of European and Asian cultures, Christianity and Islam. For many centuries, representatives of different religions and more than 115 nationalities have lived here in an atmosphere of peace and harmony, mutual support and tolerance. The two most numerous among them are the Russians and Tatars. Kazan Kremlin is a striking example of such a synthesis, on the territory of which the Kul Sharif Mosque and the Orthodox Annunciation Cathedral are located next door.


Sports capital of Russia

Kazan is the sports capital of Russia. The city rightly and proudly bears this name staging a variety of international tournaments and being home to the whole set of titled and eminent clubs – Rubin Football Club, Ak Bars Hockey Club, Zenit and Dinamo Volleyball Clubs, UNICS Basketball Club, and Sinter Water Polo Club – whose names are known far beyond the country.

Kazan people love sports with all their hearts. The 27th Summer Universiade 2013 gave the city a rich legacy in the form of a wide variety of sports venues, clubs, and sections, which the citizens and guests of the capital visit with enthusiasm. Thanks to the developed infrastructure, major international competitions have been held here: 16th FINA World Championships in 2015, FIFA Confederations CupTM matches in 2017, FIFA World Cup RussiaTM matches in 2018. The global sports community has many times recognized the top-notch delivery of sports competitions in Kazan.

Over the past decade, Tatarstan has made a huge leap forward in the development of sports infrastructure. Today’s Kazan is a city capable of hosting the largest international competitions.
Rustam Minnikhanov
President of the Republic of Tatarstan

Best place to travel

Comfortable and safe rest, rich historical legacy and variety of cultural sites, masterpieces of Tatar cuisine, and hospitality of the locals have attracted more than 3.5 million tourists to Kazan. Over 150 accommodation facilities are in place in Kazan. The opportunities Kazan possesses in terms of the hospitality programme allow the city to deliver major international events at a high level.

There are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Republic of Tatarstan – Kazan Kremlin, Great Bolgar, and Assumption Monastery complex on the town-island of Sviyazhsk. 2005 marked a memorable date for Kazan – 1,000th anniversary of the city.

In 2021, Kazan was officially granted the status of the gastronomic capital of Russia. Restaurants with the Tatar national cuisine are sought after among the city guests and visitors. Traditional Tatar pastries, noodle soup, chak-chak, and talkysh kaleve may leave only a few people indifferent.


Cultural life of the city

The cultural life of the Tatarstan’s thousand-year-old capital is rich in major world-class forums encompassing the Feodor Chaliapin International Opera Festival, Rudolph Nureyev International Ballet Festival, White Lilac International Festival named after Sergey Rachmaninov, Kazan Autumn International Open Air Opera Festival, Concordia Modern Music Festival, Aksenov-fest Literature Festival, and International Festival of Muslim Cinema. In Kazan, 9 theaters, 34 state museums, privately owned art galleries, Saidashev State Big Concert Hall and 2 philharmonics are open to the public.


Advanced technology and education

Over 200,000 students from 125 countries study in Kazan. Some of the largest higher education institutions in Russia are situated here as well. Kazan leads in terms of investments and construction and is one of the largest economic, scientific, educational, and cultural centers in the country. IT-park and Idea, Russia’s largest technology parks, operate here, and not far from the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan is Innopolis, a whole high-tech city.

In 2019, Kazan hosted the 45th WorldSkills Competition. In the near future, a WorldSkills Russia federal technology center is planned for the opening in the city.

The restoration of significant cultural and historical sites, construction of new interchanges and metro, infrastructural transformations, and implementation of the concept for the development of urban public spaces have provided the city with an attractive appearance of a flourishing metropolis, which is certainly noticeable to not only the citizens but guests as well.