Monday, August 29, 2005

Happy 1000th Anniversary to Kazan, Tatarstan!

KAZAN, Russia (AP) - Tens of thousands of Tatars, Russians and others packed the main square in Kazan on Friday for a gala concert to celebrate the millennial anniversary of the Volga River city, which President Vladimir Putin cast as a model of multiethnic coexistence.

With the majestic Qol Sharif mosque bathed in changing hues and choreographed spotlights raking the night skies, Russian pop stars and other musicians serenaded the crowds with pulsing dance music. A fireworks finale was to cap the night.

Blocks away, the music was opera arias and highlights from famous ballets, as more formal dignitaries and officials from the largely Muslim Tatarstan region and elsewhere marked the 1000th birthday.

The concerts were part of the culmination of events surrounding the festivities in Tatarstan's capital, located about 450 miles east of Moscow.

Mike Eckel Kazan Celebrates 1000th Anniversary Guardian Unlimited August 27, 2005

Suyumbike Tower and domes of the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Kazan Kremlin.


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