Tatarstan is a country (or rather a nation) within a country. At about 5 million, Tatars form Russia's largest minority, tracing back their lineage to the Volga Bulgars who lived in the Volga Region since the days of Ancient Greece. The Tatars are for the most part Sunni Muslims, but there are significant numbers of Orthodox Christians here as well.
The Kazan Kremlin, located in the Old City of Kazan, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taking in the architecture of this area, as well as the various other monuments, churches (for instance the Annunciation Cathedral or the massive Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral), mosques (the monumental Kul Sharif mosque must be seen to be believed) and rivers is worth it, although conditions in winter can be harsh.
Kazan is home to many other monuments as well as a pleasant central square and shopping street (less tourist oriented than Moscow for instance, so quite a pleasure to stroll around on). Outside of Kazan you can make a trip to the city of Yelabuga. [Review by travelindicator]
- Tatarstan is a region in Russia. It is situated at an altitude of 515ft and the best airport to fly into is KZN (Kazan, Kazan)
- The currency used in Russia is the Russian ruble (RUB)
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