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This is a micro-town complete with walls, churches, historic buildings, museums, cafes, souvenir shops, walking streets, and beautiful views of the Volga. We took the train from Kazan this morning that runs about 1-1/4 hour where you then get a bus or taxi (recommend this)...More
We started the tour in Kazan and enjoyed a nice drive through the outskirts of the City. The landscape was very interesting with quaint homes and the Temple of All Religions. Our private guide Ramis Usmanov did a great job all day driving and explaining...More
You may arrive as a tourist, but a few things should for sure affect you.
The vista of holy domes and steeples as you approach the island, gleaming in the sun.
The wonderful sense of quiet, isolation, devotion.
A deep sense of a long history,...More
Historical part of this region. It was founded in 1551. Picturesque place to see with four sides magnificent view. The island seems a little bit uninhabited. Most buildings look very empty, albeit all the inhabited details. Hospitality industry is not so developed, but it is...More
Nearly 3 months ago I visited a wonderful island. It is considered to be the most attractive in the Volga, because you can see a great number od christian churches and cathedrals. Witty and clever guide will show you the whole island in 3 hours....More
Easy to find info about this island city. I just want to share another way to get there.
If you don't understand Russian, you have to do some research anyway. Then to explore the place on your own will not difficult at all. To get...More
Historic and scenic Sviyazhsk Island makes one of the best side trips from Kazan. If you start early enough, you can combine it with visiting Raifa Bohoroditskiy Monastery (please, see my separate review).
This year Russia considered submitting it to the UNESCO WHS list, but...More