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Suyumbike Tower

The legendary Suyumbike tower is one of the most remarkable architectural monuments and an original symbol of the city. The 58-meter high tower is constructed with the large red brick, characteristic of the XVIIth c. The question of the date of its construction is still debatable. According to legends, the name of the tower is connected with Kazan tsarina Suyumbike who was the wife of the three last Kazan tsars. The tower is noticeably inclined to the north-eastern side. Now the deviation of its spire from the vertical axis is 1.98 m. At the top of the tower there is a view of the Volga River which is situated 2 km away. In the 1730s a double-headed eagle was installed on the spire. In the period after perestroika the tower was crowned with a golden crescent.
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