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Soyembika Tower (Kazan)

Soyembika Tower (Kazan)

 

 

 

Location: Kazan

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Soyembika Tower

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.

 

 

 

 


 

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