Leaning Suyumbike Tower, Kazan

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Architectural Building · Tourist Spot
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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  • Entry is not allowed but this is an iconic landmark inside the Kremlin where a princess is said to have jumped from to avoid marriage to Ivan the Terrible  more »
  • Quite a photogenic tower! Supposed to be a leaning tower, but somehow I could not discern much of a lean. Apparently, the lean was much more in the days gone by, but the Soviets corrected most of...  more »

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