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 | Bauman StreetAfter leaving the museum, the best way to go is down the square towards Kazan’s main tourist route - Bauman Street (ulitsa Baumana)After leaving the museum, the best way to go is down the square towards Kazan’s main tourist route - Bauman Street (ulitsa Baumana)
After leaving the museum, the best way to go is down the square towards Kazan’s main tourist route - Bauman Street (ulitsa Baumana).
In the times of the Kazan khan it was called Nogayskaya Road, in the times of the Russian tsars it was named Bolshaya Prolomnaya (in memory of the explosions that fractured (prolomili) the walls of the khan’s fortress). In 1986 it became Kazan’s first pedestrian street, and has been a constant site of street parties and celebrations. In recent years, it has become the city’s commercial and entertainment centre with dozens of restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops and selfie spots. Prices vary but are generally very affordable and a cafe lunch will set you back 250 rubles.
Almost any cafe will serve traditional Tatar dishes: chicken broth noodle soup, pelmeni or manty dumplings and baked goods such as triangular echpochmak pies, round peremyach or vak-balish pies or sweet gubadiya. Of course you’ll be served tea and sweets including the legendary honey deserts chak-chak and talkysh kalyave.
The principal landmarks of Bauman Street are the bell tower of the Epiphany Cathedral (the city’s tallest building until just 100 years ago), the St. John the Baptist Monastery, the Kachalov Bolshoi Drama Theatre, the constructivist building of the Print House, monuments to opera singer Shalyapin, the carriage of Catherine the Great and the Cat of Kazan. There are fountains with bronze figures and the “Zero meridian of Kazan” memorial sign.
The monument to Fedor Shalyapin was erected in 1999 near the bell tower where the future singer was baptised. The famous bass singer was first heard in Kazan, where he was born. He spent the first 17 years of his life and began his career singing a part in the opera Eugene Onegin staged by the Kazan Society of Theatre Lovers.