The Kazan Kremlin is the only surviving Tatar fortress in Russia, made up of an outstanding collection of 16th to 19th century buildings and the remains of others dating back as far as the 10th century. In a prominent position overlooking the city, the Kremlin represents the unique historical and cultural legacy of Kazan and the fusion of Russian and Tatar architectural influences as the city has developed over time.
Historic 16th-century structure
More than one-thousand years ago, a much smaller fortress stood on the site where the Kazan Kremlin can now be seen. The impressive Kazan Kremlin as it now stands, with its distinctive white walls, was constructed in the late 16th century and granted UNESCO world heritage status in 2000 in recognition of the cultural, as well as architectural, significance of the site.
Visitors to the Kremlin are encouraged to visit some of its unique attractions, including the unusual leaning Söyembikä Tower and prominent Spasskaya tower which marks the main entrance.