Press House

Ilnar Tukhbatov/ТАSS
This 1930s Constructivist landmark, replacing the former flour market, was built to accommodate the editorial offices of Tatarstan's key periodicals and the book publisher Tatgosizdat. The building was designed by Semyon Pen. The biggest bookshop in the Tatar Autonomous Soviet Social Republic was also housed in the Press House, along with the office of the Writers’ Union of Tatarstan. Rebuilt in 2012-2013, the Press House is now Nogai Hotel, which incorporates several restaurants and a multistorey parking garage. The Gabdulla Tukay Writers' Club has been reconstructed on the fifth floor, and is currently a conference room. Curiously, the construction workers found teeth and bones of some Ice Age mammals in the basement during the rebuilding.