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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  • The Suyumbike tower is the highest tower in all of Kazan Kremlin. It stands on the Kazan river side, opposite side of the Spasskaya tower (the white clock tower through which you enter the...  more »
  • 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 »
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