Kazan, capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, is an old city on the Volga River with a fascinating multiethnic history. When Ivan the Terrible won Kazan from the khans in 1552, making the Volga a Russian river, he brought with him Orthodox Christianity. Today a Russian kremlin wall surrounds the old town, and both Orthodox churches and mosques are found in the city. The entire ensemble is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
PUBLISHED: July 20, 2013