Cathedral of the Saviour's Transfiguration

Ильнар Тухбатов/ТАСС
As you enter the Kremlin a view opens up upon what has remained of the Cathedral of the Saviour's Transfiguration, the second oldest cloister in Kazan. You have to really use your imagination to reconstruct the architectural splendour of the past. The cloister enclosed within the fortress walls occupied around a hectare of land. Where the five-dome Transfiguration Cathedral once stood, only the vaulted basement meets the eye. Gurius, the first archbishop of Kazan, took his monastic vows here. Next you see the restored Church of Saint Nicholas the Miracle-Worker of the Battle and the Archimandrite's House. Friary House is yet another part of the monastery that has been restored. The city plans for the Museum of Archaeology of the Republic of Tatarstan to move in here.