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Mysteries of Great Bilyar
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The city of Bilyar is situated in the place of the ancient capital of Volga Bulgaria. This is a very powerful place recognized by the people of different religions and beliefs. About 800 years ago Bilyar was the name for one of the biggest cities of the Middle Ages having the territory of 800 hectares and with the population of 70 000 people. The ancient city was much bigger than Paris and London! It used to be one of the main centers of industry, crafts, trade and culture. In the Russian chronicles, it was also known as “Great City”.

People of different professions such as metallurgists, blacksmiths, masons, tanners, jewelers, carpenters lived here. Here the trading routes from Central Asia and Iran, Russia and the Baltic, the Caucasus and Byzantium were joint. Nowadays we can still see the ruins of the sheds, where the merchants used to stay many-many years ago.

The modern city of Bilyarsk was built on the ruins of the ancient city of the 9-10th centuries. Old Bilyar used to be a huge metropolis, second after Bolgar, much bigger than Paris and London. The symbol of the city became the gates made of pure gold. The stories about the beauty of those gates are still known today. But the city of Bilyar itself was fully destroyed in the 13th century during the Mongol invasion.

Nowadays only a small part (around 0,1%) of the territory of the Bulagarian capital is uncovered during excavations. And of course the scientists are to make a lot of interesting discoveries.

  • Bus tour to Bilyar
  • Arrival in Bilyar, bus sightseeing tour, visiting the stone of worship “Khujalartau” and “Holy Spring” – the place of pilgrimage for believers, the excavation place of the ancient city: “Caravan Saraj” and “The House of Feudal”
  • Lunch
  • Excursion to the Historical – Archaeological Museum-Reserve
  • Visiting the Arbuzov House-museum
  • Free time
  • Back to Kazan
  • Visiting shops of the local producers

Hotel The cost
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You will visit:
  • The Bilyar hillfort, situated in the place of the ancient capital of Volga and Kama Bulgaria of the 10th-13th centuries
  • “Holy Spring” – the place of pilgrimage for believers
  • Remains of the ancient city
  • The Arbuzov House-museum, who was the founder of the scientific chemistry school, he made Russia famous all over the world for his scientific discoveries
  • The Historical – Archaeological Museum-Reserve. Here you can find a rich collection of Bilyar antique things, you will learn about national clothes, ancient household items, expensive vessels made in Central Asia and in the capitals of the Golden Horde
Included in the price:
  • Bus trip Kazan — Bilyarsk — Kazan
  • Guide services within the excursion program
  • Entrance tickets according to the program
  • Bus insurance
  • Support
The cost of the tour
The cost of the tour for 1 person
The size of the group Transport company The transport of the customer
40 people 800 330
30 people 950 330
18 people 2 100 430
7 people 2 700 800
3 people 6 100 1 650

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