The Governors Palace

The Governor's Palace of Culture is an architectural complex consisting of the Governor's Palace and of the attached to the Palace of the Church and the Kazan’s “Pisa” - Syuyumbike Tower. The Governor's Palace of Culture is located in the territory of the Kazan Kremlin - in its northern part. In 1848, the Governor's Palace, took place of its prior - Kazan khans’ palace and became the governor’s house. Even rooms for the Emperor's residence with his entire retinue were here. According to the project of architect K. A. Ton, the complex had a circle floor with the entrance. This floor was used for numerous services of the palace. The architect A. I. Peske brilliantly implemented this idea. And now - after numerous restorations - the visitor can see the Governor's Palace as it was, it only slightly changed its functions.

History of the Governor's Palace

The Palace is a two- storey brick building. Its architecture combines several styles: Russian classicism and Muslim architecture, and even the Baroque style. Light green building beautifully decorated with white elements. The main facade is divided into three parts, there are two symmetrically arranged entrances in the wings of the building. The central part is decorated with three keeled arches in the middle of which took the place the coat of arms of the Republic of Tatarstan. Under them - between the second and the first floor – are placed Russian and Tatarstan’s flags, the roof is crowned with the presidential standard. All these decorations and official symbols make the important fact clear - that the palace is the residence of the most important person in the Republic of Tatarstan - its president. The palace with a yard fence in beautiful fencing and a gate. All this provides an opportunity to admire the house of the president, renovated in 2001, from the side, because it’s not accepted to visit the palace without the big deal. 

Syuyumbike Tower

You will not miss the 58-meter-high brick tower which is about 400 years old - Syuyumbike Tower, while visiting the Governor's Palace of Culture. This building is located next to it. The tower consists of seven tiers, decreasing in their area to the top, one after another. The three lower tiers, where there are open galleries, are square in shape, and the rest ones are octagons. The top of the tower is made in the form of a tent, which today homes the Muslim symbol - the crescent moon. This tower ranks among 40 falling towers in the world.  In 1998, the fall process which was caused by the destruction of the foundation, is stopped at the level of about two meters. You can’t get inside the building, because there are beautiful castles in the shape of lions' heads on its gates. Moreover, it’s forbidden due to the safety of tourists. 

The Palace Church

The church was built in the first half of the XVIII century. Its design conjures up Syuyumbike tower because of gradation tiers. Although the decoration of light facade is made in the style of Russian baroque, and is much richer than the design of its "neighbor." The church is connected with the governor's palace by covered gallery on the second floor. The temple complex is inactive, and its dome does not even have a cross. The building was renovated in 2006, and now houses the Museum of the History of the statehood of the Tatar people and Tatarstan. It is the only building of the complex, which can be visited by citizens and tourists. 
When you visit this delightful complex, you have the next impression: the state symbols - the Governor's Palace, "warms” the tower with the Muslim crescent moon and the Christian church. The trio of buildings, each of which has an interesting history, symbolize the unity of the people of Tatarstan. It should be noted that Kazan is a multi-cultural place and people here respect and love each other!  
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