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 | Bulgar HotelThis three-storey boarding house, built in 1866 to the design of Pyotr Romanov, originally belonged to Ibrahim Appakov, 1st Guild MerchantThis three-storey boarding house, built in 1866 to the design of Pyotr Romanov, originally belonged to Ibrahim Appakov, 1st Guild Merchant
This three-storey boarding house, built in 1866 to the design of Pyotr Romanov, originally belonged to Ibrahim Appakov, 1st Guild Merchant. His daughter Mariam Shamil sold the house in 1897 to local entrepreneur Akhmet Khusainov, who resold it to 1st Guild Merchant Shakir Kazakov. In the early 1900s one of the tenants, Fatkullah Ahmadullin, started a hotel named Bulgar on one of the floors. Yulduz (Star) and El-Islah (Reform) newspapers made the rooms of Bulgar Hotel the home of their editorial offices, and so did Yalt-Yolt Magazine, Magarif (Education) Publishers, and the first Tatar-language library, Kitapkhanai Islamia. Members of the Tatar intelligentsia congregated for their talks in the hotel's Oriental Club.
The hotel is particularly proud of having hosted the great Tatar poet Gabdulla Tukay from October 1907 to December 1912. He worked for several local editors and publishers. Tukay wrote his poetry here, including Par at and Shurale, which every Tatar knows by heart. The building was completely demolished in 2008. The front of the new building only imitates his historical facade. However, there are plans to open a Tukay memorial room in the hotel.