Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Russia - Historic and Architectural Complex of the Kazan Kremlin
The sight of the Kazan Kremlin (Kul Sharif Mosque in front). It is part of Historic and Architectural Complex of the Kazan Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sent by Meriam from Russia.
The complex of the Kazan Kremlin and its key monuments represents exceptional testimony of historical continuity and cultural diversity over a long period, resulting in an important interchange of values generated by the different cultures. It is exceptional testimony of the khanate and is the only surviving Tatar fortress with traces of the original town-planning conception. It is, furthermore, an outstanding example of a synthesis of Tatar and Russian influences in architecture, integrating different cultures (Bulgar, Golden Horde, Tatar, Italian and Russian), as well as showing the impact of Islam and Christianity.