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A view of Kazan's Kremlin, which surrounds Russia's largest mosque

Tatarstan is a region in Russia's East Volga Region, which borders Ulyanovsk Oblast to the southwest, Chuvashia to the west, Mari El to the northwest, Kirov Oblast to the north, Udmurtia to the northeast, Bashkortostan to the east, Orenburg Oblast to the southeast, and Samara Oblast to the south.



  • Kazan — the Tatar capital is a big and attractive city, very much worth a visit for its impressive kremlin, largest mosque in Russia, and just to soak up the Tatar culture
  • Almetyevsk — a mid-sized oil city
  • Naberezhnye Chelny — a major Soviet industrial city
  • Nizhnekamsk — a big oil city
  • Yelabuga — an old, small city notable for the ruins of an 11th century Volga Bulgarian castle, the birthplace of the great Russian landscape painter Ivan Shishkin, and the site of the Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva's suicide
  • Zelenodolsk — a mid-sized city which has an important regional transit hub and shipbuilding yard

Other destinations

  • Bolghar — The ruins of the historic capital of Volga Bulgaria is considered in some ways to be the spiritual center of Tatarstan. The city walls and towers remain and the site was a pilgrimage destination for Muslims of the USSR, who came here on a "Little Hajj," when barred from traveling to Mecca.



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