The Republic of Tatarstan
The Republic of Tatarstan is located in the heart of the European part of Russia and in one of its most picturesque regions, at the confluence of the Kama and the Volga. The capital of Tatarstan is the city-mileon Kazan, which has been playing the role of an administrative center for more than 200 years. Considering such a long stay in the status of a regional capital, it is with her that she starts to get acquainted with the region.
"Big" and "Small" Tatarstan
Tatarstan is noted for its great cultural and ethnic diversity, because it is located at the junction of two civilizations: the eastern and the western. Therefore, here there is a special color, which can not be described in the form of phrases.
The first state on these lands arose about 1 000 years ago, and part of Russia they began in the distant 16 century, after the legendary capture of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible. Therefore, the history of the region and its modernity bear the imprint of an old history.
Feel the richness of the historical heritage of Tatarstan, you can go to the most significant historical and cultural attractions of the region. Of course, the most recognizable card republic is the Kazan Kremlin, which is listed by UNESCO on the World Heritage List. The second after the Kazan Kremlin, the list of UNESCO has replenished - Ancient Bolgar - the capital of Volga Bulgaria.
In order to make it easier for tourists to navigate among the various attractions of the region, 2 standard routes were created. The so-called "Small Ring" includes a number of adjacent regions and allows you to get acquainted with its ethno-cultural and natural diversity.
The "big circle" consists of large cities (Kazan, Chistopol, Bolgar, Elbagu, Bilyarsk), which represent the historical and architectural heritage of the region. This includes historical and architectural museums, reserves and places where archaeological excavations are being conducted.
But to feel the peculiarity of this region the taste will help surprisingly rich local cuisine. For gastro tourism, Tatarstan is hardly one of the most interesting places in Russia. Traditional sour-milk products are sazma and katyk, famous meat broths of shurpa and tokamach ... Well, of course, you will not taste such white whites and samsa anywhere else here. And an abundance of authentic desserts, which are traditionally served with delicious tea, are worth visiting to these places.
Tatarstan is too diverse to describe all its wealth, its amazing nature and culture in words. There is only one way out - come and determine for yourself how attractive this land is.