Leaning Suyumbike Tower, Kazan

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Learn the tragic love story behind the building of Leaning Suyumbike Tower, a sacred symbol and a place of worship for the Tatar people. Legend has it that Tsar Ivan the Terrible built the tower for a Kazan princess who jumped to her death from the tower rather than becoming his bride. However, the 58 m (190 ft) brick tower, with six widening tiers on a gated arch, was constructed most likely 150 years after Ivan's conquest of Kazan in 1552. Its weak foundation has begun to sink, giving the tower a noticeable lean. The tower is the most prominent feature of the Kazan Kremlin, which was declared a historical and cultural open-air museum in 1994 and a World Heritage Site in 2000. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kazan using our trip planner.
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  • I'm not going to rewrite legends. They don't let me into the tower, only for the chosen ones. The antiquity of it and howtor, let it stand safe and sound as long as possible. If it falls, it will not be good for the presidential palace, by the way...
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  • Everything in this masterpiece is deceiving. But beauty is always deceptive... The tower has nothing to do with Syumbike. According to the latest data, it was built in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. So, Syumbike had nowhere to jump. Yes, and she didn't jump anywhere. And the very name appeared in the 19th century. The tower is falling. To keep the fall, the lower part of the tower is pulled by steel weights and cones. It's still standing,..
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