Kazan has its own
leaning tower. It is called Soyembika Tower and the deviation of
its tip is over 6 feet or 1.98 meters. The exact date of the
construction of Soyembika Tower is a subject of dispute. Some date it back to the
16th and 17th century while others date its construction to the
early 16th century when Kazan was a capital of the independent
kingdom. It is named after Tatar queen Soyembika. Some claim
that the queen herself erected it in 1549 in honor of her
husband Safa- Girey who died in 1549. Others claim that Soyembika
threw herself from the tower during siege, afraid that tsar Ivan
will force her to marry him. Another urban legend claims that a
giant sphere on top of the needle kept some secret documents.
This even forced the governor of Kazan to take it off the tower
and inspect it. It proved to be empty, but rusted holes
convinced locals that there were in fact some papers, but they
were lost in the course of history.