Strolling along Baumana Street

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Ulitsa Baumana (Baumana Street), the first lane to be made pedestrian in Kazan in 1986, is a must-see for every visitor. The list of landmarks to be found on Ulitsa Baumana is very long. It includes the Epiphany Cathedral with its bell-tower, which is open to the public, Saint John the Precursor Monastery, Monastery of Saint John the Baptist, Kazan Academic Russian Bolshoi Drama Theatre of V. I. Kachalov, the constructivist former Press House, now a hotel, the statue of the great Russian bass singer Feodor Chaliapin, the Kazan Cat sculpture, the stationary replica of Catherine II's coach, and the fountains with sculptures of fabulous creatures.

The memorial tablet "Zero Meridian of Kazan" is also here, if you know where to look. Ulitsa Baumana is packed with Tatar and international restaurants and gift shops. There are plenty of amusements for kids on and around Ulitsa Baumana. Usually there are at least a couple of bands or solo musicians playing in the street. At the end of Ulitsa Baumana you approach the Kremlin.