Kazan, Russia, on the Volga River, was probably founded by Tatar people in the 15th century. Today, the population of about 1.2 million is about half Russian and half Tatar. It has been called the “Third Capital of Russia” and “The Sports Capital of Russia”, because it has hosted so many international sporting competitions.
Some of the things you will want to do in Kazan are the Kul Sharif Mosque, a reconstruction of one destroyed by Ivan the Terrible, but beautiful nonetheless, as is the original Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. For a taste of what life was like more than 30 years ago, don’t miss the Museum of Soviet Life.