Bolgar (Tatarstan, Russia)

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Bolgar cruise port

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Russia Rivers

Coordinates
54.98907 N, 49.04717 E

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Bolgar is a Volga River cruise port and town in Tatarstan (Russia). Here was the intermittently capital of Volga Bulgaria (8th-15th centuries), along with the capitals Bilyar and Nur-Suvar. The settlement is on the river's left bank. It is located approx 30 km (20 ml) downstream from Volga's confluence with Kama River, and approx 130 km (80 ml) from Kazan. West of the historic site is the town Bolgar. The historic site "Bolghar" was declared UNESCO Site in 2014. The excavated monuments are within easy distance from the town.

Bolgar (Russia) river cruise port

Bolghar was Volga Bulgaria's capital from early 8th century. In 922, an embassy from Baghdad arrived here and converted the local residents to Islam. Due to regular Russian incursions and internecine fights, the capital was intermittently moved to Bilyar. In 1236, the town was devastated and burnt by the invading Mongols. After Bilyar's destruction by the Mongols, the older town became capital of a separate province within the Mongol Empire. Soon it became the new state's most important trade point and the Golden Horde's first capital.

In the mid-16th century the Kazan Khanate was conquered by Czar Ivan IV and incorporated into the Russian Empire. Czar Peter the Great issued a special proclamation to preserve the town's surviving ruins. During the Soviet (USSR) times, Bolgar was a pilgrimage site for muslims from Tatarstan (and other parts of USSR) who could not participate in Mecca's hajj (annual Islamic pilgrimage), so instead they travelled to Bolgar.

Bolgar (Russia)

Bolgar is popular among tourists for its white sandstone buildings, including extensive Bulgarian fortification (10-15th centuries) raised from the ruins, and the world's most northerly monuments of muslim architecture (3-14th centuries). Since 1954, the complex was systematically studied. Every year, the Bulgarian Museum-Reserve is visited by tens of thousands of tourists and muslim pilgrims.

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Among the Russian cruise ships visiting Bolgar are the VODOHOD-owned boats MS Pushkin, MS Kuchkin, MS Belinsky, MS Novgorod, MS Gorky, MS Suvorov, MS Frunze, MS Korotkov, MS Budyonny, MS Zhukov.

Departure ports for cruises to Bolgar are Saratov, Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, Kazan, Samara, Moscow, St Petersburg. Bolgar is visited on the following river cruisetour itineraries:

  • Novgorod-Kazan-Yelabuga-Novgorod, and Novgorod-Samara-Novgorod (6-day)
  • Novgorod-Astrakhan-Bolgar-Novgorod, and Novgorod-Perm-Samara-Novgorod  (13-day)
  • Novgorod-Perm-Volgograd-Novgorod, and Novgorod-Rostov on Don-Novgorod  (16-day)
  • Novgorod-Astrakhan-Novgorod (13-day)
  • Novgorod-Volgograd-Novgorod (11-day)
  • Novgorod-Perm-Novgorod (10-day)
  • Novgorod-Ulyanovsk-Bolgar-Novgorod (5-day)
  • Kazan-Samara-Bolgar-Kazan (3-day)
  • Kazan-Rostov on Don-Kazan (14-day)
  • Kazan-Astrakhan-Kazan (11-day)
  • Kazan-Perm-Samara-Kazan, and Kazan-Astrakhan-Bolgar-Kazan (10-day)
  • Kazan-Volgograd-Bolgar-Kazan (7-day)
  • Kazan-Samara-Ulyanovsk-Kazan (4-day)
  • Samara-St Petersburg (3 days)-Karelia-Samara (20-day)
  • Samara-Togliatti-Tetyushi-Bolgar-Kazan-Sviyazhsk-Ulyanovsk-Volga Cliff-Samara (5-day)
  • Samara-Novgorod-Perm-Samara (12-day)
  • Samara-Yelabuga-Samara, and Samara-Cheboksary-Mariinskiy Posad-Samara (5-day)
  • Samara-Bolgar-Novgorod-Samara (6-day)
  • Moscow-Kazan-Yelabuga-Moscow (12-day)
  • Moscow-Astrakhan-Moscow (19-day)
  • Moscow-Kazan-Yelabuga-Moscow (12-day)
  • St Petersburg-Samara-Ulyanovsk-Kazan-St Petersburg (17-day)
  • Saratov-Karelia-St Petersburg (13-day)
  • Saratov-Astrakhan-Novgorod (10-day)

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