The scholarship programme participants live in the Universiade Village
53 ha – overall residence complex area
Kazan International Airport - within 20 minutes ride
Kazan Railway Station - within 20 minutes ride
Distance between Aquatics Palace and Universiade Village - 8 km
Within walking distance from the campus, there are public transport stops, metro stations, shopping centres, cafes and restaurants
There are the following facilities in the campus territory
Sports equipment rental office
Post office
Tailor's shop
Copy centre
Express dry cleaning and professional laundry
Sports ground for basketball and volleyball
"ComeIn" art space
Athletes have their meals at P.LOVE, Love.Ashe, Cream Coffee restaurants
European, national and oriental cuisines are served
Over 100 different dishes
Over 20 breakfast variation
Visa and Migration Services
The service includes the preparation of documents for visa application by participants of the scholarship programme, assistance in obtaining visas, information and consultation support, paperwork necessary to extend the visa validity, as well as migration registration and deregistration.
Transport Services
Scholarship holders get transfers to/from the airport, railway station, and their destination point as they arrive in/leave Kazan or travel to the official sports events that have been approved by the national federations and FINA.
As per the official FINA Development Centre Programme, scholarship holders are also transferred to their training venues and catering facilities.
Medical Services
There have been 6 injuries and 3 cases of common cold registered throughout this year.
Comprehensive medical support and consultations for athletes at the FINA Development Centre in Kazan is provided by the Republican Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tatarstan.
Each scholarship holder that joins the programme must have medical insurance. The FINA Development Centre provides athletes with additional medical support in case of injury or illness.
Aside from sports training, guests of the Republic of Tatarstan get a chance to learn more about the unfamiliar Russian and local culture; they visit the local landmarks and attend sports events and other community gatherings in Kazan.
The Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex
The Bolgar is a 10–15th century historical landmark. It was the capital of Volga Bulgaria, a state that existed in the 8–13th centuries. The community was composed of Turkic peoples who assimilated with Finno-Ugric tribes.
Bolgar was a centre of international trade on the route between the territory of Kievan Rus and Central Asia. By the turn of the fourteenth century it was home to 50,000 residents. The complex is the only remaining trace of this medieval state. For modern-day Tatars, it is a sacred site, since it was here that their Bolgar ancestors adopted Islam in 992.
The Assumption Cathedral and Monastery of the Town-Island of Sviyazhsk
The town-island of Sviyazhsk is a unique historical, architectural and natural site situated on a high hill 30 km from Kazan, a picturesque location at the confluence of the Volga, Sviyaga and Shchuka rivers. The island was founded as a fortress in 1551 by Tsar Ivan the Terrible. It was the first Eastern Orthodox town in the Middle Volga Region. Sviyazhsk has housed many important monuments of early Russian architecture, Orthodox culture, and history.
The Historical and Architectural Complex of the Kazan Kremlin
At the very centre of Kazan on the left bank of the Kazanka river is the Kazan Kremlin Complex, a unique historical and architectural monument inscribed into the list of cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2000. The complex is situated on lands that were settled long ago, and its history can be traced back to the Muslim period of Volga Bulgaria, the Golden Horde, and the Kazan Khanate. The fortress is an exceptional testament to the region's historical legacy and cultural diversity. The grounds house 10th century ruins, architectural structures from the 12th and 14th centuries, and stunning historical buildings from the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. After the city of Kazan was captured by Ivan the Terrible in 1552, the first Orthodox churches were constructed at the Kremlin. The Kremlin became a centre for the spread of Orthodox Christianity in the Volga Region and further East. In 2005, the Koul Charif Mosque, the principal mosque in Tatarstan, was restored in honour of the millennium of the city of Kazan. The Kazan Kremlin is a unique architectural and historical landmark that combines Islamic, Eastern Orthodox, Tatar and Russian motifs.
Today, Bolgar is a sprawling settlement surrounded by a moat and ramparts spanning 424 hectares. The complex contains several architectural sites dating from the 13-14th centuries, including the "Cathedral Mosque", the North and East Mausoleums, the Khan's Shrine, the Smaller Minaret, the Black Chamber, the White Chamber, and the Khan's Banya. The Bolgar Historical and Archeological Complex was added to the list of UNESCO sites at the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee in June 2014, in Doha, Qatar.
In July 2017, UNESCO extended its protection to a third site, crown jewel of Christianity the Assumption Cathedral and Monastery on the town-island Sviyazhsk. The primary attraction of the Assumption Cathedral is its singular fresco decoration, covering more than 1,000 square metres in total. It is one of the best preserved series of 16th century murals from the time of Ivan the Terrible.
The Kremlin grounds also contain the Annunciation Cathedral and the Museum of Islamic Culture, the Museum of the History of Tatar Statehood and the Republic of Tatarstan, the Museum of Tatarstan Natural History, the Hermitage-Kazan Centre, the Pushechnyy Dvor (Cannon Yard), and Syuyumbike Tower.
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