Mosques in Kazan

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We visit many mosques

Over the previous two days we had visited most of the major tourist attractions that were within walking distance of the city centre so the next morning Daniyar said he would take us to places further out.

We went to many, many mosques. Some of them were quite small but nonetheless exquisite old buildings. They are all painted that familiar light blue colour which is so energizing and bright.

At each mosque you need to remove your shoes upon entering. Ian and I were wearing lace-up joggers so of course it took us a couple of minutes each time to unlace and then lace ourselves back up again. Daniyar wore sensible slip on shoes.




Black domed Russian Orthodox Church Black domed Russian Orthodox Church
Azimovskaya mosque Azimovskaya Mosque










The Russian Orthodox church has some questionable standards

Rugs cover the floor of the mosque Rugs cover the floor of the Mosque
Decorative plasterwork in the Mosque Decorative plasterwork in the Mosque

At one stage the three of us were entering the grounds of a Russian Orthodox church when a church security guard babbled something in Russian which didn't seem very nice.

We asked Daniyar what he was saying. Daniyar told us that Ian and I were permitted to go in the church but, because he was a Muslim, he was not allowed in.



One of the many churches we visited One of the many churches we visited
Mosque in Kazan Mosque in Kazan

How unbelievably rude and intolerant! In every mosque Daniyar had taken us to we had been welcomed and the Muslim clerics were well aware we were not Muslims. We were still welcomed though. Daniyar politely told us to go in and look around the church and he would wait outside for us. We took a very brief look and then retreated. We didn't much want to be in there under those circumstances anyway.



Stalls selling dried fruits and nuts Stalls selling dried fruits and nuts

Daniyar took us to a fascinating market. Here they sold huge quantities and varieties of dried fruits, nuts and spices amongst many other things.

We bought some nuts and dried fruits. I would have liked to take some of the spices back to Australia but they might have got confiscated so I gave up on that idea.

We strolled through fruit and vegie sections of the market and really enjoyed seeing what was on offer.




Lunch in Bauman Street

For lunch Daniyar took us to a fast food Turkish restaurant in Bauman Street. It was extremely busy in there and also very hot. We had delicious kebabs, salad, bread and a large serving of lasagne which we shared.


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Our trip in the order it happened:

Travel Planning Necessities
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Trip Advisor Forum - Russia
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Getting A Russian Visa
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Trains between Moscow & Saint Petersburg
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Map of St. Petersburg
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Map of Moscow
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The Russia Club
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Russian Rail Timetable
It takes a bit of mastering but Ian managed it (eventually).

The Art Of Travel
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Smart Traveller
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Travel Independent
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