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Leaning Suyumbike Tower, Kazan

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Learn the tragic love story behind the building of Leaning Suyumbike Tower, a sacred symbol and a place of worship for the Tatar people. Legend has it that Tsar Ivan the Terrible built the tower for a Kazan princess who jumped to her death from the tower rather than becoming his bride. However, the 58 m (190 ft) brick tower, with six widening tiers on a gated arch, was constructed most likely 150 years after Ivan's conquest of Kazan in 1552. Its weak foundation has begun to sink, giving the tower a noticeable lean. The tower is the most prominent feature of the Kazan Kremlin, which was declared a historical and cultural open-air museum in 1994 and a World Heritage Site in 2000. Add Leaning Suyumbike Tower and other attractions to your Kazan trip itinerary using our Kazan itinerary maker.
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Home to numerous sights and known as the Third Capital of Russia, the city of Kazan is the prime destination in Tatarstan. The city boasts a selection of accommodations to match every taste and budget. While it may lack the extravagance of some of Moscow's high-end hotels, it still offers a good selection of both modern and historical luxury lodging. Most of the city's best-known hotels sit relatively close to the center, so you don't have to worry about long commutes. Venture just beyond the center to find several smaller boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, and hostels, as well as numerous fully furnished apartments available for short-term rental.
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  • I learnt the interesting history of this tower - about how the Tatar princess Suyumbike, had the interest of Ivan the Terrible, who wanted to marry her. She told him to construct a tall tower, as a we...  more »
  • Suyumbike Tower is a leaning tower with its needle deviated almost 2 m away from vertical position. The history of tower is ancient and goes back to late 17th or early 18th century. It was watch tower...  more »
  • The story of the tower and the fact that it is a Tatar construction makes it an absolute must see in Kazan  more »