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An introduction to Tatar culture, or What makes Kazan so special

Your guru: Olga
Questions? Contact with Olga

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  • Kazan
  • Available in: English

About the guru Olga

Born and bred in Kazan, 100% local =) I have a linguistic education, a huge enthusiasm for history - and now a tour guide's certificate I've always been keen on quaint old places, I even worked as a volunteer to preserve Kazan's wooden architecture - and now I'm here to share my view of my native city I can feel how our lives are connected to those people who lived ce... More »

Born and bred in Kazan, 100% local =) I have a linguistic education, a huge enthusiasm for history - and now a tour guide's certificate I've always been keen on quaint old places, I even worked as a volunteer to preserve Kazan's wooden architecture - and now I'm here to share my view of my native city I can feel how our lives are connected to those people who lived centuries ago - and I want you to see these invisible connections, too

About the tour

We're going to see a very peculiar place, the old Tatar part of the city centre.

It's great because:

- it preserved its atmosphere, carved wooden houses, narrow lanes and all that kind of things;

- it differs from other Russian cities, as it's an example of a typical Tatar neighbourhood

- the architecture itself can tell a lot about how Tatar culture was shaped during the centuries (we'll see some distinctive features of Tatar traditional way of life)

- it's quiet, and it has a beautiful embankment, cafes and souvenir shops with reasonable prices

We are going to learn more about treasures of Kaban lake, find out why Tatar merchants liked musical clocks, what the snow leopard on our national emblem has to do with modern Tatarstan - and how Tatars managed to maintain their cultural identity more successfully than any other nation in Russia

Meeting point
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How to find me: On the stairs of the theatre right next to the lake. Grey or red backpack, green Russian shawl with a floral pattern, sign "GW"
Tour duration: 2 hours

Tour schedule

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What's the price?

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Ratings (2)

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Jakub

3 days ago

We had a great tour with Olga, she has a great interest in the history and culture of the city and its region. She did her best to share her passion with us. If you are in Kazan don't hesitate to take her tour

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Response from Olga:

Thank you very much, Jakub, I was so glad to see your review, really. Have a safe and fun trip, good luck to both of you here in Russia!
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Josep

15 days ago

Olga is an amazing tour guide, she showed us a part of Kazan we would have probably not visited otherwise. Her depth of knowledge is impressive, she answered any questions we asked.

Definitely recommended!

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Response from Olga:

Thank you very, very much, Josep!!! It was my pleasure)
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