Kazan is a feast of a city. Cold winters and hot summers, Muslim minarets and Orthodox monasteries, the ancient archeological sites and the science city of Innopolis, forest steppes, taiga and the Great Silk Road all mix in the cauldron that is the Tatar capital. The result of this melting pot is the self-sufficient and self-assured third capital of Russia that each year extends a warm welcome to a million guests who come here to experience all sorts of impressions and emotions.
Kazan 2018 | Cannon YardThis is a complex of four standalone buildings surrounding the smelting yardThis is a complex of four standalone buildings surrounding the smelting yard
Museums and galleries
Mon – Thu, Sat – Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
This is a complex of four standalone buildings surrounding the smelting yard. Weapons were made, repaired and stored here from the 17th century on. The 1815 fire left the buildings heavily damaged, and the manufacturing of weapons had to stop. The yard was re-skilled and the buildings were handed over to the School of Military Cantonists next door, which later became the Kazan Junker Academy. This is now the Cannon Yard Museum. One of the buildings houses a very budget-conscious diner, which is good for a quick meal on the go. Festivals and concerts are sometimes staged in the yard proper.