Capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan is an eminent city in Russia. While the origins of the city cannot be exactly traced, it lies at the conflux of Volga and Kazanka Rivers. The city is known to be the sports capital of the country, for it has been host to several major sporting events in the past and was a major venue for FIFA World Cup in 2018. One of the most populous cities and a massive commercial, industrial and commercial center, the city houses some of the best architectural landmarks of Russia. It is praised by many organizations, most notably by the UNESCO for its harmonious lifestyle. Prime highlights of the city include the Kazan Kremlin,a World Heritage Site declared in 2000. Ivan IV Vasilyevich commissioned the building of this historic citadel which is now home to the marvelous Soyembika Tower, Spasskaya Tower and Presidential Palace. Byzantine architecture and grandeur is prominent in the citadel and in the city. A city that matches the magnificence of Russia, Kazan is a popular tourist destination because of its rich architecture and a culture that dates back to times immemorial.