Kazan, the Host City
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Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, third capital of Russia; it’s one of the largest economic, scientific and cultural centers in the country. The city celebrated its 1,000th anniversary in 2005. About 1.2 million people – representatives of over 100 nationalities – live in Kazan in the atmosphere of cultural, religious and linguistic diversity.
There are all the reasons to call the thousand-year-old Kazan a ‘young’ city, as it’s the largest student city of Russia. There are nearly 200,000 students from 67 countries studying in Kazan, 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. Students of Kazan are always among winners of national and international contests and holders of state scholarships by international and national funds; they also excel in sports.
- Kazan Kremlin panorama
- Main building of Kazan Federal University
- Kul-Sharif Mosque in the Kazan Kremlin
The main tourist attraction of the city is undoubtedly the Kazan Kremlin, a unique complex of archeological, historical and architectural monuments enrolled into the UNESCO World Heritage list. It is open for visits and tours on a daily basis. Tourists visiting the territory of the architectural conservation area will see such places of interest as the ‘falling’ Syuyumbike Tower, Savior Tower, Annunciation Cathedral and Kul-Sharif, one of the largest mosques in the world. Favourite places for local residents to walk are the pedestrian Bauman Street, the Old Tatar Settlement, parks and public gardens. There are also tourist destinations outside the city: the island town of Sviyazhsk, Bolgar State Historical and Architectural Reserve, Raifa Monastery. Plus, the city has 9 theatres, 34 state museums, privately owned art galleries, Saidashev State Big Concert Hall and 2 philharmonics.
The thousand-year-old Kazan has a busy cultural life. Aside from classical art, the city facilitates the development of contemporary art trends as well. 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, Concordia Modern Music Festival, Aksenov-fest Literature Festival, and Muslim Cinema Festival have already become annual for Kazan. National Russian and Tatar holidays are celebrated in Kazan in a big way.
Kazan has a well-developed infrastructure. The city’s economics follows an innovative way of development; the Idea Technopark, one of the largest technoparks in Europe, has been successfully operating for several years in Kazan.
The fact that Kazan is a sports city is proved by Kazan citizens' involvement in grassroots events that feature such sports as football, ice hockey, volleyball, etc. The Cross-Country Race of Nations and Ski Track of Russia are especially popular in Kazan and bring together tens of thousands of sports enthusiasts aged from 4 to 82. Staging the 2013 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.
Kazan is also a driving force for Russian sports development and is a home for many multi-titled athletes and sports clubs, who compete at national and international championships of various size and in different sports, including those that are on the Olympic programme. Over the last years, international competitions across a number of sports have been held in sports venues of the city.
Kazan is going to host the FIE World Championships in 2014 and the FINA World Championships in 2015. The city is also in the list of Russian cities for matches of the FIFA World Cup in 2018.