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Kazan

  • Founded in: 1005
  • Population: 1.2 million
  • Distance to Moscow: 825 km

    Kazan, one of the oldest Russian cities, celebrated its millennium in 2005. The ancient walls of Kazan recall many dramatic events, including the historic siege by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century.

    Modern Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and is home to 1.2 million residents. This timeless city is also a city of youth, home to 30 of Russia’s largest universities and more than 180,000 students. This “culture of youth” provides Kazan with a modern and progressive vibrancy, an energy that only young people can instil.

    It is also a highly diverse city with more than 100 nationalities. This diversity, coupled with a young population, has created a unique sense of tolerance, understanding and youthful optimism.

    Visitors will also discover the ancient and fascinating Tatar culture in Kazan. A great centre of Muslim culture and a vivid example of how different ethnicities and religions can live peacefully together for many centuries.

    The 16th century Kazan Kremlin is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Kazan is at the forefront of Russian sport, home to some of the best football, basketball and hockey teams in the country. In 2013, the city will host the Summer Universiade.

FIFA Fan Fest™

FIFA Fan Fest in Kazan
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Location: Family Center Kazan

Venue Capacity: 25,000

Cultural and Historical Value: The palace of Family Center Kazan is a real piece of art which has been constructed according to the drawings of the Russian painter and sculptor Dashi Namdakov. The architectural concept of the building reflects the culture, history and national traditions of the region. The palace has a shape of a giant bowl that reminds citizens and guests of the regional capital of rich historical traditions, national identity and authenticity of the city.

The complex officially named Family Center Kazan has become a new sightseeing spot of the city, a symbol of love and devotion. At its opening ceremony, 27 couples got married here simultaneously, standing for the opening date of the Universiade that was held in Kazan in 2013.

Kazan Kremlin, Syuyumbike tower, Blagoveshchensky cathedral, Kul Sharif mosque and the embankment of Kazan river create an impressive architectural ensemble of the Kazan city, which is now complete with the Palace of Marriage – architectural heritage popularly called Chasha (Bowl).