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“This city is unquestionably the first in Russia after Moscow…Everything here indicates that it is a capital of a vast kingdom” (Catherine II the Great)

Founded in: 1005
Population: 1.161.308 (2012)
Distance to Moscow: 825 km.

Kazan, one of the oldest Russian cities, has recently celebrated its millennium. The ancient walls of Kazan recall many dramatic events, including the historic siege by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century.

Modern Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and is home to 1.16 million residents. This timeless city is also a city of youth, home to 30 of Russia’s largest universities and more than 180.000 students. This “culture of youth” provides Kazan with a modern and progressive vibrancy, an energy that only young people can instil.

It is also a highly diverse city with more than 100 nationalities. This diversity, coupled with a young population, has created a unique sense of tolerance, understanding and youthful optimism.

Visitors will also discover the ancient and fascinating Tatar culture in Kazan. A great centre of Muslim culture and a vivid example of how different ethnicities and religions can live peacefully together for many centuries.

The 16th century Kazan Kremlin is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kazan is at the forefront of Russian sport, home to some of the best football, basketball, volleyball, water polo, bandy, field and ice hockey teams in the country. In 2013, the city will host the Summer Universiade.


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Mythical creature Zilant is the official symbol of Kazan:

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The Church of Holy Face is a monument to Russian soldiers who died during the siege and capture of Kazan in 1552 (built in 1813-1823 by Ambrose Sretensky, Nikolay Alfyorov and Alexander Schmidt, consecrated on September 12, 1823):

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Monument to the architects of Kazan Kremlin (made in 2003 by sculptors A. Golovanov, Vladimir Demchenko and Rustam Zabirov). Russan and Tatar architects:

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Temple of All Religions (under construction since 1994, architect - Ildar Khanov):

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Millennium Bridge (built in 2004-2005; opened on July 29, 2005 to commemorate the Kazan Millennium):

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2010, celebrations dedicated to the 65-anniversary of Soviet Victory in WWII:

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Kazan Kremlin is a UNESCO World Heritage Site:

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Saviour Tower (built in 1556-1562 by Postnik Yakovlev and Ivan Shiryay):

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Annunciation Cathedral (built in 1555-1562 by Postnik Yakovlev and Ivan Shiryay; consecrated on August 15, 1562):

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Governor's Palace (built in 1845-1848 by Konstantin Thon and Alexander Peske):

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The belltower of Epiphany Church is a landmark on Bauman Street, the main pedestrian street in the heart of Kazan:

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Palace Church (built in 17th century; restored in 1852-1859, consecrated in 1859):

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Kazan Federal University (founded on November 17, 1804; its main building was built in 1822-1825 by Pyotr Pyatnitsky):

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Kazan State Technical University named after Andrey Tupolev (founded on March 5, 1932; its building was built in 1798 by Mikhail Yemelyanov, modified in 1811 by V. Smirnov and Yakov Shelkovnikov and in 1939-1941 by Akhmet Bikchentaev and Viktor Dubrovin):

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Tatar State University of Humanities and Education (founded on October 24, 1876):

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Tatarstan Academy of Sciences (established on September 30, 1991):

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Central Rail Terminal (built in 1893-1896 by Genrich Rusch, opened on January 23, 1896; rebuilt in 1993-1997):

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Kazan River Terminal (built in 1962 by Ismagil Gaynutdinov and Mikhail Konstantinov):

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Kazan International Airport (built in 1972-1979; opened on September 15, 1979; under reconstruction since August 2009):

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"Kremlyovskaya" ("Kremlin") Metro station (opened on August 27, 2005; architect - Azat Mustafin):

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"Prospekt Pobedy" ("Victory Avenue") Metro station (opened on December 29, 2008; architect - Azat Mustafin):

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Monument to Musa Cälil (1906-1944) - Tatar poet, resistance fighter and Hero of Soviet Union, who was guillotined by Nazis in Berlin prison. It was opened on November 3, 1966 (sculptor - Vladimir Tsigal, architect - Lev Golubovsky):

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Qolşärif Mosque (built in 1996-2005 by Aivar Sattarov, Iskander Saifullin, Mikhail Safronov, Shamil Latypov and Sergey Shakurov; inaugurated on July 24, 2005):

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Söyembikä Tower of Kazan Kremlin:

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Nurullah Mosque (built in 1845-1849 by A. Loman; closed in 1929-1992; reconstructed in 1990-1995 by R. Bilalov):

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Kazan town hall (built in 1845-1852 by Mikhail Korinfsky and Nikolay Yefimov):

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Tatar State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Musa Cälil (opened on June 17, 1939; its building was built in 1936-1956 by Nikolay Skvortsov and Ismagil Gaynutdinov):

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Shalyapin Palace Hotel:

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Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral (built in 1723-1726; closed in 1939; reopened in 1989):

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Basket-Hall (built in 2002-2003; opened in August 2003):

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TatNeft Arena (built in 2004-2005; opened on August 29, 2005):

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Kazan Tennis Academy named after Shamil Tarpischev (built in 2007-2009; opened on October 23, 2009):

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Shamil Tarpischev (born in 1948) is a team captain of Russian men and women tennis national teams, who won two Davis Cups (2002, 2006) and four Fed Cups (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008):

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Kazan Aquatic Sports Palace (under construction since November 2009 to host 2013 Summer Universiade and 2015 World Aquatics Championships):

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Kazan Aquatic Sports Palace and New Kazan Stadium (under construction since 2010):

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FIFA inspection team to assess Kazan’s readiness to host FIFA World Cup

18.06.2012

This morning, the delegation of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee headed by its CEO Alexey Sorokin together with representatives of the FIFA inspection team led by Jurgen Muller, FIFA’s head of the 2014, 2018 and 2022 World Cups, visited Kazan as part of their inspection tour of the candidate host cities the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Honorary guests were met at the airport by Minister of Youth, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Tatarstan Rafis Burganov, Minister of Transport and Road Construction of the Republic of Tatarstan Lenar Safin, Director General of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate Vladimir Leonov and other officials.

The inspection tour’s agenda included the visit to the new 45.000-seat football stadium and Millennium Square, the main venue set to host the Fans’ Festival. Kazan’s presentation as a candidate host city will be delivered in the Column Hall of the Kazan City Hall. It is expected that the FIFA inspection delegates will also meet with Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov.

For reference, 13 Russian cities are currently participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Host Cities selection process. To make this process as objective and just as possible, the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee developed the candidate host city evaluation system that comprises five main criteria: availability of necessary infrastructure, level of social and economic development, investment programme for the build-up to the tournament, concept for staging the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the city and efficient use of the tournament’s legacy.

The final list of the 2018 FIFA World Cup host cities will be announced in September 2012. As part of their inspection tour, members of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee will also visit Nizhny Novgorod (June 19), Saransk (June 20), Samara (June 21) and Volgograd (June 22).

Millennium Square to accommodate over 100.000 FIFA World Cup fans

As part of their inspection tour of the candidate host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the delegation of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee headed by its CEO Alexey Sorokin together with representatives of the FIFA inspection team led by Jurgen Muller, FIFA’s head of the 2014, 2018 and 2022 World Cups, visited Millennium Square, the venue designed to host the Fans’ Festival in the capital of Tatarstan.

According to the FIFA Regulations, a fan zone must be created to accommodate 35.000-50.000 spectators who did not buy stadium tickets and wish to to join together to watch live broadcasts of all matches on giant screens and celebrate football games in urban public space. There will be two fan zones: the main one and the reserve one. The official fan zone will be located in Millennium Square and the reserve fan zone will be set up in the Kazan Equestrian Complex or Rowing Centre. Both zones will have plenty of entertainment, as well as a wide range of food service areas and souvenir booths.

According to Vladimir Leonov, Millennium Square, together with a great view on the Kazan Kremlin, is the main venue for large-scale city events which is capable to accommodate over 100.000 people. As part of the reconstruction works planned to be launched on the Central Stadium, a giant rotating screen will be installed on the northern stands (from the side of the square) to broadcast sporting events.

In addition, the potential fan zone’s location is convenient in terms of logistics as it is situated not far from the 45.000-seat stadium under construction.

Earlier representatives of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee and members of the FIFA inspection team met with President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov. Delivering Kazan’s presentation as the candidate host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the President mentioned that both Tatarstan and Kazan were notable for international amity, development of democratic institutions, enhancement and expansion of external economic relations and contacts. And in this context special attention is paid to the development of physical culture and sports.

According to Rustam Minnikhanov, the city hosts many international competitions in different sports. Apart from that, the President said, Kazan indeed has the required sports infrastructure and boasts vast experience of staging large-scale international competitions.

Rustam Minnikhanov also informed that the Regional Organising Committee was founded under the chairmanship of the President of Tatarstan to coordinate and control events and operations in all areas and spheres related to the build-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Regional Organising Committee conducts its activities in compliance with the approved plan of the preparations for the World Cup’s matches.

During the meeting with members of the FIFA inspection team, Rustam Minnikhanov also reminded that in years to come Kazan was to host such high-profile sporting events as the 27th World University Summer Games and 2015 FINA World Championships.

“It’s important for us that Kazan, alongside with largest cities of Russia, bids to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches, as after the Universiade ends we will have all the necessary infrastructure,” Rustam Minnikhanov concluded his speech and wished successful and fruitful work to the meeting participants.

The President assured that all comments and observations made by the members of the FIFA inspection tour would be taken into consideration by the Tatarstan government.

For his part, Alexey Sorokin, Russia 2018 LOC CEO, said that Kazan was one of the most well-prepared cities to host large-scale sporting events. “Kazan is one of our reliable cities and we never face any problems,” said Alexey Sorokin.

The meeting was also attended by Vice Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan Asgat Safarov, Minister of Youth, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Tatarstan Rafis Burganov, Minister of Construction, Architecture and Housing of the Republic of Tatarstan Irek Faizulin, Minister of Transport and Road Construction of the Republic of Tatarstan Lenar Safin, Kazan City Mayor Ilsur Metshin, Director General of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate Vladimir Leonov.

FIFA inspectors visited Kazan’s football stadium under construction

As part of their inspection tour of the candidate host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the delegation of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee together with FIFA experts visited the 45.000-seat football stadium.

Radik Minniakhmetov, the manager of the football stadium, made the presentation of the venue. He provided a detailed overview of the plans for the improvement of the park area and parking lots adjacent to the stadium and the layout of shopping and entertainment facilities and other functional zones that will be housed in the under-stands premises.

Vladimir Leonov, Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate, noted that in one year the newly built stadium would be the centrepiece for the Kazan 2013 Summer Universiade Opening/Closing Ceremonies.

For his part, Jurgen Muller, FIFA’s head of the 2014, 2018 and 2022 World Cups, shared his rich experience, especially his expertise regarding the logistics in the stadium area.

For reference, 13 Russian cities are currently participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Host Cities selection process. 15 stadiums, including three Moscow ones, are ready to welcome football players from all over the world.

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FIFA delegation inspects stadium in Kazan

Jun 18, 2012 22:10 Moscow Time

A FIFA delegation has paid an inspection visit to the Russian city of Kazan. They assessed the capabilities of the venue of the Universiade-2013 to host the 2018 World Cup matches.

Although the FIFA officials avoid giving direct answers to such questions as “what cities will host the World Cup matches?” officials in Kazan believe that their city is capable of not only hosting the group matches, but also the quarter finals.

Over 30 modern sports facilities have been built for the Universide-2013, and the 45.000-seat stadium will be completed this year. In fact, the stadium is being built to meet FIFA standards. As a whole, the city has every reason to hold the tournament at the highest level, says Mayor Ilsur Metshin.

“After holding the Universiade we are ready to solve any organizational problems because it will be an invaluable experience for us. This is one of the main advantages in the fight for the right for hosting the World Cup-2018,” Ilsur Metshin said.

Soon after the arrival of FIFA officials in Kazan, they visited the stadium and the central Millennium Square where the festival of fans will be staged on the beautiful embankment of the Kazanka River by the walls of the Kazan Kremlin.

“We are very satisfied with what we have seen,” a FIFA official Jurgen Muller said.

The FIFA officials drew special attention to security issues. This topic is very urgent against a background of the ongoing Euro-2012 in the cities of Poland and Ukraine.

During the preparations for the World Cup-2018, special attention will be paid to safety issues and educating fans, says general director of the Russia-2018 organizing committee, Alexey Sorokin.

“Ensuring security is one of the most important aspects of our work. We will prepare for each and every match very carefully by taking into account the experience of previous tournaments, both European and world championships. We will definitely ensure security at the highest level,” Alexey Sorokin assured.

The FIFA delegation left Kazan and arrived in Nizhny Novgorod. They will also visit Saransk, Samara and Volgograd within a week. In all, 13 Russian cities are bidding for hosting the World Cup matches.

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