The Republic of Tatarstan. A Thrilling Journey

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"How can we convey this love to the future generations? Communication and storing information get more sophisticated day by day. But I am convinced that the book will always remain something special. Just open a volume with a lot of beautiful photos featuring sunrises and sunsets on the Volga, endless cornfields, happy faces of our countrymen, and you will see that the historical connection hasn’t been broken. Such a book in itself is a piece of the world which we callhomeland.

The book in front of you is fascinating because the authors are open about their own feelings. They were born andgrew up in Tatarstan. They have been able to capture and select the most spectacular, the most emotional moments, since every rayon, every town, and even every village in Tatarstan has its own features, its legends, its specialty... I think this is tremendously important. We are all different, we are all special, and that’s what attracts others. This diversity has shaped the unique image of our land"

Kazan Kremlin

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The Kazan Kremlin is a symbol of Tatarstan’s statehood The Kazan Kremlin is a special place. It is a symbol of continuity of our traditions, of cultural interactions between people and religions, a symbol of the state authority. The Kremlin is the most picturesque part of our millennium-old city, and every visitor here has a chance to feel the living history of our nation.

Miracle-working icon of Our Lady of Kazan

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O fervent intercessor, Mother of the Lord Most High, thou dost pray to thy Son Christ our God and savest all who seek thy protection. O Sovereign Lady and Queen, help and defend all of us who in trouble and trials, in pain and burdened with sins, stand in thy presence before thine icon, and who pray with compunction, contrition, and tears and with unflagging hope in thee. Grant what is good for us, deliverance from evil,and save us all, O Virgin Mother of God, for thou art a divine protection to thy servants.