Nizhny Novgorod – Yelabuga – Nizhny Novgorod
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Kazan is a city that combines two different cultural traditions. Mosques and Orthodox churches not only rise on neighboring streets, they are adjacent even on the territory of the ancient white-faced Kremlin. It is from it that a tour of the beauty of Kazan will begin. You 'll see the famous Kul Sharif. It stands in the place where the legendary multi-diamond mosque was once located, which was destroyed by Ivan the Terrible when he took the city.
What is important, the capital of Tatarstan not only carefully stores its history and protects monuments of architecture. It is constantly developing and remains a modern city. Therefore after visiting the Kremlin tourists will go to objects specially erected for University games of 2013. Let s remind, the Kazan University games was recognized as the best in history student and youth competitions. At the same time "Cultural University games" was held. Also at this time there was a national Tatars holiday Sabantui, international festivals of opera and ballet.
After the guests of the city will examine objects built for the World Aquatics Championships 2015. This event also had a huge scale: a record number of countries took part in competitions. Theywere 190.
How successfully Kazan manages to combine old and modern, slender minarets and glitter of gold crosses, respect for folk traditions and interest in the development of culture - everyone draws conclusions himself. But before it is worth visiting this picturesque city at least once!
Kazan is one of the most beautiful capitals of the Volga region, officially having the status of the third capital of Russia. It is an ancient city in which several cultural traditions are adjacent to each other. Thus, on the territory of the Kremlin you will see both restored Orthodox churches and the Kul-Sharif Mosque, one of the symbols of Kazan.
While walking through the Kremlin, it is also worth paying attention to the fact that it has been built up for many centuries. Therefore, there are buildings of the 20th century and monuments of architecture, among them the falling tower of Xümbike of the 18th century and the Annunciation Cathedral, which began to be built in 1555.
TuganAvylyom 's door will also open in front of you. From the Tatars these words are translated as "native village." This place, located in the middle of the city, fully corresponds to its name: cozy village, wooden houses and pond.
The tour of the capital of Tatarstan will be similar to a bizarre mosaic. You will be able to see with your own eyes the richly decorated cathedral of Peter and Pavel and the oldest mosque of Marjan, built with the permission of Catherine II. This mosque became the first in the territory of Kazan after Ivan the Terrible captured the city. You love Lake Kaban, on the bottom of which, according to legends, lie the innumerable treasures of the Tatars khans. Kamala Theatre, founded in 1906, and Kazan University, one of the oldest in Russia!
The history of the Raif male monastery dates back to the mid-17th century. That 's when hermit Filaret lived. His parents were rich people, after their deaths Filaret distributed all the property and accepted the cut. Wishing for a strict secluded life, he left Moscow, went down the Volga and built a cage on the shore of Raif Lake.
The glory of the holy man quickly spread around, and local residents began to come to him. Some stayed here, devoting themselves to the service of God. Soon on the shore of the lake there was a chapel, but construction of the monastery began after Filaret 's death. At first the abode was wooden, stone it became at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Nowadays it is one of the most famous houses in the Volga region. There are 5 temples on the territory of the monastery, which are quite different from each other. It is both the majestic Trinity Cathedral and Sofia Church, one of the smallest in Europe: at the same time there can be only 7 people! And Mikhail Church, located above the gates. The 60-meter bell tower makes the temple, called the "Raif candle," the most recognizable.
The main shrine of the monastery is the icon of the Georgian Mother of God, who is honored as miraculous. But not only pilgrims go to this monastery. The Raif abode is a very picturesque place. Her ensemble fits into a landscape that breathes rest: a deep lake and pine reserve forest.
It is not often the case that both Muslims and Christians go to a miraculous source on pilgrimage. Meanwhile, it is in Nizhnekamsk that such an amazing shrine is located. This source is located on the bank of Kama in the village of Red Key - a well-equipped protected corner of nature.
There are many natural attractions that will please fans of photography. But the purpose of walking on the Red Key is, of course, a spring. Legend says that the source here has been since ancient times, but the shrine became only after an amazing event. Once near the place where the water comes out of the earth, a truly believer Muslim found the icon of Saint Nicholas the Miracle Worker. So the spring forever made brothers of Muslims and Christians of these places.
The magic source is a beautiful natural ensemble of multi-level waterfalls. He does not freeze even in the lush frost, as if proving to his guests that he is ready to fulfill their cherished desires.
In 2010, one of the most beautiful mosques in Tatarstanwas built near the Bulgarian town. The white mosque seemed to come out of Shaherezada 's fairy tales: bright stained glass windows, domes similar to inverted cups, two minarets (each about 40 m tall), majestic walls, on the lining of which went more than 1,000 tons of snow-white marble.
This mosque is simultaneously similar to the Prophet Mosque in Medina and the famous Indian Taj Mahal. It is open not only to believers, but also to any visitor who will find himself in Bulgaria.
A bright impression is made by its solemn appearance and harmonious interior decoration. The bunk prayer hall is decorated with elegant ornaments. Soft light has to think and gives spiritual peace.
After the excursion in the mosque you can admire the reflection of minarets in the mirror pond and walk through the paved prayer square.
Near the White Mosque there are other attractions of Bulgaria: the Southern Gate to the city, the Small Town, the Bread Museum and the complex where various festivals are held.
This tour of Cheboxaram will allow you to enjoy its picturesque views, with clean streets and ancient churches. He will also introduce the traditions of the Chuvash people, who have lived on the banks of the Volga since ancient times.
The walk will begin in its historical part, where the Cathedral of Vedenskiy stands, the oldest building in the whole republic. The tourists will then descend to the Gulf and the Patron Mother rising above it, one of the symbols of the capital Chuvashia.
Also during the excursiontravellers will see monuments of Soviet time: Opera and Ballet Theater, House of Soviets and monument to legendary KomdivV.I.Chapayev who was born in these places. It is also interesting to visit the National Museum, whose exhibitions will help to learn more about the history and life of the Chuvash and other peoples with whom they were adjacent.
At the end of the walk tourists will be able to visit the local Arbat, where for a year you can admire handmade souvenirs and buy those that liked the most.
Cheboxary is very beautiful and one of the most well-equipped cities in Russia. Drowning in greens, he picturesque spread on the high bank of the Volga. Stunning beauty views, magnificent landscapes and many attractions born both of the gray old and of the present day. You will see the oversized church of FedorStratilat, Trinity Cathedral, Assumption Church with authentic frescoes of ancient letter, the church of Mikhail Archangel and Tolga Our Lady, as well as outstanding monuments of civil architecture - the house of merchant Soloviev and other luxurious merchant houses of the 18th - 19th century.
Kozmodemyansk is a beautiful Mari city whose atmosphere is best felt during the walk.
Here you will learn why the coat of arms of Kozmodemyansk shows golden onions and arrows and what role Ivan Grozny played in the base of the city. You will see the red-and-white Cathedral of Smolensk, which resembles a dress-up children 's toy, and the snow-white Holy Trinity Church, as well as get an invitation to the museum of merchant life. It is located in a bright blue mansion, which was once built for the timber industry Shishokin. The collection presents outfits of the past centuries, books, utensils, furniture, paintings.
In addition to this you will be able to look into another museum Kozmodemyansk. For example, in historical and artistic, which is often called "Malaya Tretiakovka" - for a small city here collected an amazing collection of paintings and beautiful ancient porcelain.
The ethnographic museum (this is a whole village where visitors are introduced to Marian traditions and culture) and the Ostap Bender Museum of Satire and Humor are also interesting. Kozmodemyans are sure: it was their city that inspired the authors of "Twelve Chairs" to create New Vasyukov.
Kozmodemyansk was founded among thick forests, and this determined its future: even in the time of Peter, local timber was used for the construction of ships. By the early 19th century, the Marian city had become one of the main timber centers in Russia.
During the excursion you will see cozy low houses and ancient mansions decorated with various patterns. In one of them there is a museum of merchant life, in the other there is a unique exhibition "Treasure of the River." Here are collected objects from mortified oak - wood, for a long time lying underwater.
You will learn about the technology of production, as well as see a collection of original panels, vases and decorative things made of precious material.
Schedules may be adjusted due to weather conditions, instructions from dispatch services, and other factors affecting the movement of the vessel. The cruise program shows Moscow time. All information provided is valid for 03/02/2021.
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