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... on the site of the house where the Romonovs lived until their execution in 1918. In the 1970's the then-Regional Communist Party Leader ordered the house to be demolished as he feared the building would be a rallying point for monarchists. Little did Boris Yelstin realise that his decision would have absolutely no effect!
Today, the church is visited by Orthodox and tourists alike and is an extremely popular stop on all Tours. Our comments ...
... the capture of the city by Ivan the terrible. The city had a muslin background and many mosques were still standing alongside roman otherodox churches, as we observed in the city's own Kremlin. Essentially a kremlin is the Russian version of the old inner city with religious buildings, palace and administration, and residents all surrounded by city walls. The kremlin here was just beautiful with Disney looking ...
... through a gate with a code and looking for a door on a yellow building in the back corner of a large block of buildings.
While walking from the train station found that this place actually looks like a city, rather than a town like the other places I had passed through. Even had signs for Macdonalds which is never a good sign. Also had lots od interesting looking old buildings.
Was late afternoon by now and so after checking in had planned to head straight out ...
Located about 820 km south-east of Moscow, the Tartarstan capital of Kazan was my next stop.
A brief history of Kazan... It was founded around 1000 AD as a northern outpost of Volga Bulgaria. When the Tartar-Mongols flattened Great Bulgar, Kazan became the capital of the region and a Golden Horde stronghold for a while. The Golden Horde collapsed in around 1438 and for a brief while the Kazan khanate was created. This ...
So we get back to Kazan. It seems dismal compared to Moscow. I now understand why the Stanford students thought it was so boring but we had one big, bright light at the end of the tunnel.... dinner with the volleyball Olympic champion. It was a Thursday night and it was snowing heavily, but we (Kristen, Hope and I) wrapped ourselves up and headed out. We met at this little restaurant about two blocks away from our ...
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