Sport and Social Programmes

The Organising Committee of the FISU Conference 2013 in Kazan wants you to make the most of your time in Kazan, so we have prepared a variety of cultural and sporting activities for the participants and their accompanying persons, including the attendance of sport events of the Universiade, Games Closing ceremony and Kazan city tour.


Kazan sightseeing tour

Conference participants will have a chance to visit historical and architectural sites of the capital and enrich their cultural experience since Kazan is the city with an unique blend of Eastern and Western traditions, stunning architectural ensemble, mosques and churches, it is the remarkable attraction of touristic routs on the Volga river, Kazan is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with its Historic and Architectural Complex of the Kazan Kremlin. The guests will have 3 hours for taking a glance at the main sightseeings of the city.

The bus tour includes the visit of Kazan Kremlin Complex with its beautiful Kol Sharif Mosque, the leaning Suyumbike tower, Blagoveschensky Cathedral; Kremlevskaya Street, Freedom Square, the Mardzhani Mosque, Kaban lake.


Historic and Architectural Complex of the Kazan Kremlin

The Kazan Kremlin is probably one of the most remarkable sightseeing spots of Kazan. In 1998 the historical architectural complex was included in the preliminary UNESCO World Heritage list and in November 2000 it was added to the list of the World Cultural Heritage.

The Kremlin is the historical fortress and the cradle of Kazan. The architecture of Kazan Kremlin is the unique combination of two main religions – Islam and Orthodoxy, Russian and Tatar ornaments. It is opened daily for tourists or citizens. The visitors would be able to see within the complex territory such sites as the leaning Suyumbike tower, Spasskaya tower, Blagoveschensky Cathedral and Kol Sharif - one of the largest mosques in the world.


Kol Sharif Mosque

The large and tall mosque within the complex of Kazan Kremlin. The construction was started in 1996 in order to rebuild the legendary mosque of Kazan khanate, centre of religious enlightenment, and scientific development of the Volga region back in the 16th century. The Mosque was destroyed in October 1552 by the troops of Ivan the Terrible.

The mosque official reopening happened on June 24th, 2005 coincided with Kazan 1000 year anniversary. The internal space of the mosque is intended for one and a half thousand people and the square in the front can hold ten thousand people.


Suyumbike leaning tower

The Suyumbike tower, being a part of the Governor’s Palace complex is a historical masterpiece of the Kazan Kremlin and architectural emblem of Kazan.

The tower is seven-tier building made of red brick. It is 58 metres high and the tower’s tilt is 1,98 meters. The Suyumbike tower is one of the leaning towers in the world.

According to the legend the name of the tower is connected with the name of the Kazan tsarina Suyumbike who lived in Kazan in the 16th century.


Kazan (Volga region) Federal University

Second oldest higher educational institutions among 9 other current Russian federal universities.

The university was founded in November 1804, when the Emperor Alexander I signed the Charter about the creation of the Kazan Imperial University, later on the title was shortened to Kazan University.

In 1996 upon the decree of the President of the Russian Federation the university was included in the national cultural heritage register of Russia. Being the regional centre for education and science, the university united famous Russian scientists and academics.

Kazan has traditionally been one of top science cities in Russia. It’s in Kazan University where Nikolay Lobachevsky developed the non-Euclidean geometry, Alexander Butlerov invented the theory of chemical structure for organic compounds, Karl Claus discovered the chemical element Ruthenium, Yevgeny Zavoisky opened the Electronic Paramagnetic Resonance and Semyon Altshuler made a theoretical prediction of the Acoustic Paramagnetic Resonance. The 19th century saw the establishment of the Department of Oriental Studies in Kazan to whose development Professor Alexander Kasem-bek, a famous orientalist, historian and philologist, greatly contributed. Studies made by Professor Baudouin de Courtenay, an outstanding linguist and Slavist, served as a foundation for the Kazan School of Linguistics in the mid-1870s.


Sport events

The 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan will be the first Universiade and even the first high-level multi-sport event in the modern history of Russia. The first Summer Universiade in Turin in 1959 featured 7 sports.

A little more than 50 years later Kazan sets the record in terms of the number of sports, since for the first time in the World University Games history, 27 sports will be represented in the Summer Universiade sports programme. Apart from 13 compulsory sports, such as athletics, basketball, fencing, football, artistic gymnastics, judo, swimming, diving, water polo, table tennis, tennis and volleyball, 14 optional sports are included in the Kazan 2013 sports programme: boxing, shooting, synchronous swimming, rowing, canoe sprint, sambo, wrestling, belt wrestling, chess, weightlifting, rugby 7, field hockey, badminton, beach volleyball. Five of the already mentioned sports – belt wrestling, rugby 7, sambo, synchronized swimming, boxing - will make a debut at the 2013 Summer Universiade.

The conference participants will have an opportunity to visit some of the competitions of the Universiade 2013 and cheer the teams.


The Universiade Closing Ceremony

The Universiade closing ceremony will take place at the Universiade Opening and Closing Ceremonies Stadium on the last day of Games competitions, which is July 17th, 2013.

The newly built stadium will become the major sporting venue of the Republic of Tatarstan, the largest stadium in the Volga region. It is intended for 45 000 seats. During the Games it will include Main Press centre and International broadcasting Center. Apart from being the Universiade venue, the stadium will host the FIFA World Cup matches in 2018.