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Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, third capital of Russia; it is one of the largest economic, scientific and cultural centres in the country. It is located in the European part of Russia, 820 kilometres to the east of Moscow. About 1.2 million people – representatives of over 100 nationalities – live in Kazan in the atmosphere of cultural, religious and linguistic diversity. The city celebrated its 1,000th anniversary in 2005.
Kazan
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Kazan
COORDINATES: 55°47 N 49°10 E
AREA: 425.3 sq. km.
TIME ZONE: MSK (UTC + 3)
Kazan and students
There are all the reasons to call the thousand-year-old Kazan a 'young' city. There are nearly 200,000 students from 67 countries studying in Kazan; some of Russia's top higher education institutions are concentrated here, among them Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University, Tupolev Kazan National Research Technical University and Kazan National Research Technological University.
Kazan and culture
The thousand-year-old Kazan has a busy cultural life. Such cultural events as the Feodor Chaliapin International Opera Festival, Rudolph Nureyev International Ballet Festival, White Lilac International Festival named after Sergey Rachmaninov, Kazan Autumn International Open Air Opera Festival, Aksenov-fest Literature Festival, and International Festival of Muslim Cinema have already become annual for Kazan. There are 9 theatres, 34 state museums, privately owned art galleries, Saidashev State Big Concert Hall and 2 philharmonics.
Kazan and culture
The thousand-year-old Kazan has a busy cultural life. Such cultural events as the Feodor Chaliapin International Opera Festival, Rudolph Nureyev International Ballet Festival, White Lilac International Festival named after Sergey Rachmaninov, Kazan Autumn International Open Air Opera Festival, Aksenov-fest Literature Festival, and International Festival of Muslim Cinema have already become annual for Kazan. There are 9 theatres, 34 state museums, privately owned art galleries, Saidashev State Big Concert Hall and 2 philharmonics.
Kazan and innovations
The city's economy follows an innovative way of development; Idea Technopark, one of the largest technoparks in Europe, and the biggest IT centre in Russia – IT Park – have been successfully operating for several years in Kazan. Innopolis, a science city for IT specialists and the first city in Russia's modern history to be constructed completely from scratch, was built near Kazan and is about to become the country's leading centre in the field of information technologies.
Kazan and infrastructure
Staging of the one-thousandth anniversary, followed by preparation for the 2013 Summer Universiade, transformed Kazan beyond recognition. 30 new sports venues were built for the Universiade, including Kazan Arena Stadium, Aquatics Palace, Volleyball Centre, Gymnastics Centre, Ak Bars Martial Arts Palace and Universiade Village. A new airport terminal, high-speed train connecting the airport and city centre, new hotels and traffic interchanges were built, the railway station was renovated, city roads were reconstructed, new metro stations were opened.


In 2015, city parks were improved and their development concept, as well as the Kremlin embankment, made them residents' and guests' centre of attraction. Thanks to this work, the city has acquired an integral and attractive appearance of a thriving metropolis, which is noted both by Kazan residents and visitors to the capital.
Kazan and infrastructure
Staging of the one-thousandth anniversary, followed by preparation for the 2013 Summer Universiade, transformed Kazan beyond recognition. 30 new sports venues were built for the Universiade, including Kazan Arena Stadium, Aquatics Palace, Volleyball Centre, Gymnastics Centre, Ak Bars Martial Arts Palace and Universiade Village. A new airport terminal, high-speed train connecting the airport and city centre, new hotels and traffic interchanges were built, the railway station was renovated, city roads were reconstructed, new metro stations were opened.

In 2015, city parks were improved and their development concept, as well as the Kremlin embankment, made them residents' and guests' centre of attraction. Thanks to this work, the city has acquired an integral and attractive appearance of a thriving metropolis, which is noted both by Kazan residents and visitors to the capital.
Kazan and tourism
Today Kazan is one of the most visited cities in Russia. There are over 150 places of accommodation in Kazan, 14 of which were opened in 2013, 19 – in 2014, and 6 – in 2015. Capabilities of the city in the field of hospitality make it possible to hold large-scale international competitions on the highest level.
Kazan and sports
In 2009, Kazan was recognised as the 'Sports Capital of Russia'. The city rightly and proudly bears this name, being a driving force for the Russian sports development. Kazan is home to many award-winning athletes and sports clubs that participate in international competitions. The Rubin Football Club, Ak Bars Hockey Club, Zenit and Dinamo Volleyball Clubs, UNICS Basketball Club, and the Sintez Water Polo Club are the clubs whose names speak for themselves far beyond the country.

The fact that Kazan is a sports city is also confirmed by active participation of its residents in grassroots activities (Ski Track of Russia, Cross-Country Race of the Nation) and football (Leather Ball), hockey (Golden Puck), volleyball and other competitions that bring together tens of thousands of sports lovers throughout the country.

Staging of the 27th Summer Universiade has given a new impetus to the development of children's, youth and university sports not only in Kazan, but all over Russia. The Universiade was staged to the highest possible organisational standard and was dubbed as the best 'World University Summer Games' ever. Kazan has become a well
recognisable city on the international sporting scene and an attractive place for hosting sporting events of all levels.

In the summer of 2015, Kazan hosted one more major event – the 16th FINA World Championships – which became record-breaking in terms of the number of participating countries and cumulative TV audience. Apart from high-profile projects, Kazan regularly stages national and international sporting events at its venues. In 2017, together with Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Sochi Kazan played host to matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup and in 2018 the city is also in the list of 11 Russian cities for matches of the FIFA World Cup.

The city's achievements in the field of event management were more than once acknowledged with prestigious awards. On 6 November, 2013, at the 7th International Sports Event Management Awards (ISEM) in London, UK, Kazan became winner in the Highly Commended Sport City category. In 2014, during the SportAccord International Convention in Belek, Turkey, SportsBusiness International magazine presented Tatarstan's capital with the Best Newcomer award.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Historically, Kazan has been a home for two different cultures: Russian and Tatar. Founded by the Volga Bulgars, the city was first under the sway of Mongol khans but later came under the control of Russian tsars. Today, Kazan is widely praised as an iconic example of peaceful coexistence between Orthodox Christian Russians and Muslim Tatars, which is evidenced by the location of two major symbols of these two religions, Kul Sharif Mosque and Annunciation Cathedral, next to each other.

A unique combination of the Tatar and Russian cultures, eastern and western traditions within one region annually attracts millions of tourists to Kazan. The city's rich museum collections, mosques and Christian churches, old libraries, mysterious Lake Kaban, modern parks and embankments make an unforgettable impression on its visitors.

In the very heart of Kazan, pedestrian Bauman Street, tourists can fully experience the architectural diversity of the city by taking a stroll and admiring old mansions once owned by local merchants and nobilities, Bell Tower of the Epiphany Church, replica of the royal carriage of Catherine II, Prime Meridian and sculpture of the legendary Kazan Cat. The street leads to the Kazan Kremlin, the city's main tourist attraction enrolled into the UNESCO World Heritage list. There is a whole range of architectural monuments in the territory of the Kazan
Kremlin, among them the leaning Syuyumbike Tower, tombs of Kazan khans and religious buildings. Observation decks of the Kazan Kremlin provide tourists with panoramic bird's-eye views of the Kremlin Embankment, Palace of Farmers, Kazan Arena Stadium and Kazan Family Centre.

The complex of the Old Tatar Settlement also enjoys high popularity among visitors of Kazan. Some historically significant mosques and surviving buildings that once belonged to artistic intelligentsia are located within the settlement.

Natural and architectural places of interest that can surely tickle tourists' fancy are also situated outside the city of Kazan. The historical complex of the ancient town of Bolgar, included in UNESCO's World Heritage List, is the capital of the vanished state of Volga Bulgaria. The island town of Sviyazhsk, located an hour's drive from Kazan, was founded as a fortress supporting the troops of Ivan the Terrible. The Raifa Monastery, where the copy of the Georgian Mother of God Icon is kept, is a popular pilgrimage destination for Orthodox Christians. The ancient town of Elabuga that managed to preserve its historical charm attracts crowds of tourists with its abundance of museums, beautiful architecture and picturesque location. All above-mentioned points of interest are included in the Pearl Necklace of Tatarstan tourist route and allow tourists the opportunity to embrace the rich historical and cultural heritage of the region.



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June 10-13, 2020, Kazan, Russia

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