On 29 January - 4 February 2022, Kazan hosts the II Special Olympics Russia Winter Invitational Games.


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Kazan is a city with a thousand-year history and rich culture, and is the capital of one of the most advanced and hospitable regions of Russia – Republic of Tatarstan.

Synthesis of two cultures

Kazan embodies the synthesis of European and Asian cultures, Christianity and Islam. For many centuries, representatives of different religions and more than 115 nationalities have lived here in an atmosphere of peace and harmony, mutual support and tolerance. The two most numerous among them are the Russians and Tatars. Kazan Kremlin is a striking example of such a synthesis, on the territory of which the Kul Sharif Mosque and the Orthodox Annunciation Cathedral are located next door.

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In 2005, Kazan celebrated its thousandth anniversary.

Sports Capital of Russia

Kazan people love sports with all their hearts. The 27th Summer Universiade 2013 gave the city a rich legacy in the form of a wide variety of sports venues, clubs and sections, which the citizens and guests of the capital visit enthusiastically. Thanks to the developed infrastructure, major international competitions have been held here: 16th FINA World Championships in 2015, FIFATM Confederations Cup matches in 2017, FIFATM World Cup matches in 2018.

Kazan is an ideal place for hosting Special Olympics World Winter Games. The city possesses all necessary infrastructure venues and has over and over again hosted major international tournaments and competitions.

Kazan has been repeatedly recognized by the global sports community for a high-quality delivery of large-scale international sporting events.

Ideal for tourism

Comfortable and safe rest, rich historical legacy and variety of cultural sites, masterpieces of Tatar cuisine and hospitality of the locals have attracted more than 3.5 million tourists to Kazan.

There are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Republic of Tatarstan – Kazan Kremlin, Great Bolgar and Assumption Monastery complex on the island city of Sviyazhsk.

2005 marked a memorable date for Kazan – 1,000th anniversary of the city.

The capital of Tatarstan offers many other experiences and attractions that you can learn more about on the official tourist portal of the Republic of Tatarstan at visit-tatarstan.com.

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Cultural life of the city

The cultural life of the Tatarstan’s thousand-year-old capital is rich in major world-class forums encompassing the Feodor Chaliapin International Opera Festival, Rudolph Nureyev International Ballet Festival, White Lilac International Festival named after Sergey Rachmaninov, Kazan Autumn International Open Air Opera Festival, Concordia Modern Music Festival, Aksenov-fest Literature Festival, and International Festival of Muslim Cinema. In Kazan, 9 theaters, 34 state museums, privately owned art galleries, Saidashev State Big Concert Hall and 2 philharmonics are open to the public.

The gem of Kazan is the Kazan Kremlin located in the very heart of the city

Advanced technology and education

Kazan leads in terms of investments and construction, and is one of the largest economic, scientific, educational and cultural centers in the country. IT-park and Idea, Russia’s largest technology parks, operate here, and not far from the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan is Innopolis, a whole high-tech city.

In 2019, Kazan hosted a large-scale WorldSkills Competition.

The restoration of significant cultural and historical sites, the construction of new interchanges and metro, infrastructural transformations and implementation of the concept for the development of urban public spaces have provided the city with an attractive appearance of a flourishing metropolis.

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