You can get to Sviyazhsk in a few ways. The first is by suburban train and taxi. The island,which is situated 6 kilometers from it, is connected with a mole with the shore.The second way is by boat, but it is rather long, although very good in summer time.
Our national heritage Sviyazhsk is a place of rich cultural and historical heritage and unique natural complex. This place was known since 13 century. In 1551 lots of churches and monasteries were founded here and it became a holy place for Christians pilgrimage. In1990 Sviyazhsk was included in the new list of historic cities and settlments of Russian Federation, and in 1996,included in the provisional list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in six categories: history, urban planning, architecture, icons and frescoes, archeology and natural man-made landscape.
Sviyazhsk City Sviyazhsk –now is a village with population of about 1000 inhabitants.There is no industry,there is no agriculture and modern houses.The main occupation of residents of Sviyazhsk is fishing.Almost all residents have a boat.The streets of Sviyazhsk are called after the churches:Uspenskaya,Nikolskaya,etc. There are approximately 20 monuments of federal significance here.
Sights of Sviyazhsk are beautiful in all seasons.
The unique Uspenskoye-Bogoroditsky monastery These monuments took the seventh place among the 1105 monasteries of the Russian Empire. The ensemble of the monastery - one of the most famous sights in Tatarstan. Nicholas church is a rare type of church bell tower with massive towers.The temple was painted but frescoes were not kept.
The Cathedral of Our Lady Mother of God «Joy of All Who Sorrow» was built in the years by the architect Malinowski. This is a model of «pro-Byzantine style», by its architecture similar to the Kronstadt cathedral in St. Petersburg.
Church of St.Sergius of Radonezh Church in the name of St. Sergius of Radonezh was arranged on the second floor refectory of the monastery and it was built in This is the first brick building monastery. This is a simple cubeform temple, built of white stone. The main sanctuary was the temple of miraculous icon of St. Sergius of Radonezh. The icon was brought to Sviyazhsk in1551. Now it is stored in the Kazan Church.
Wooden Trinity Church The wooden fortress of Sviyazhsk is not survived on its own, but you can see it in the Trinity church. Wooden Trinity Church is the oldest building of Sviyazhsk. This is the only preserved element of Sviyazhsk fortress. The church was built in the winter of It is the oldest Orthodox church and only one wooden church in Tatarstan. Unfortunately,this church was restored in 2002 and put a metal roof.
The museum »Sviyazhsk Island Town» The museum Sviyazhsk Island-Town celebrates its first anniversary. Festive events will begin in Sviyazhsk on October 30. Its been a year since the museum Sviyazhsk Island-Town was created. Its purpose is to embody the centuries-old history of ancient Sviyazhsk, preserve and convey it to people. Monuments of the ancient towns architecture are being restored within realization of the republican program for revival of Sviyazhsk and Bolgar. A historical-cultural complex, museums, conference-center and a hotel will be situated here
Today Sviyazhsk, as in former times, full of goodness and appeasement. Have a nice trip!