The train ride to Kazan, Russia, where we spent one week learning about Tatar culture.
The entrance to the Kazan Kremlin. Ivan the Terrible obliterated Kazan during his invasion in the 1500s. When Kazan was rebuilt, the walls of the Kremlin were made white in protest of the traditional Russian use of red.
The Kazan Kremlin.
The Qolşärif Mosque. inside the Kazan Kremlin. The Republic of Tatarstan is predominantly Muslim.
Details of Qolşärif.
The prayer hall in Qolşärif Mosque.
Ivan the Terrible chose a girl from Kazan to be his bride. She did not want to marry him but he threatened to invade her city if she didn’t obey. She agreed under the condition that he build her a seven-story tower in a single week. When it was completed, she ascended to the top to part with her hometown. Instead of walking back down and marrying Ivan, she jumped to her death, causing the angry Czar to invade Kazan and claim it as his own.
The gate to the tower.
A bar on Kazan’s main pedestrian street.
An old church along the pedestrian street.
Along the pedestrian street.
A clock at then end of the pedestrian street. The time is written in Tatar dialect.
A small museum full of memorabilia.