Under the towering Qul Sharif Mosque, Tatars and Russians stroll by Kazan's Kremlin.Parishioners gather for at Annunciation Cathedral in Kazan's Kremlin during the festival of Our Lady of Kazan, one of the most highly venerated icons in Russian Orthodoxy.Muslims pray at the Azimov Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Kazan.Muslims attend Friday prayers at the Qul Sharif Mosque in Kazan's Kremlin.In the Church of the Miracles Workers of Yaroslavl, the only working church during the Soviet period, Orthodox Christians celebrate The Transfiguration of Christ.A Muslim woman walks through downtown Kazan where the mix of Tatars and Russians, Muslims and Christians is most readily apparent.Most of Kazan's clergy received their education at the Kazan Seminary, known across Russia to be more open-minded.After early morning prayers, Muslims gather sheep for slaughter during Eid al-Adha. Tatars practice the Sunni Halafi school of Islam, one of the more moderate branches of the religion.A man jumps into the icy water at Raifa Monastery to celebrate the baptism of Christ.Russian and Tatar models and designers wait backstage for the show to begin during the annual Muslim women's clothing designer competition.Two elderly women, affectionately called babushkas, or grandmothers, have a private moment at the Sedmioznaya Monastery on the outskirts of Kazan.Sisters Alsu and Albina hang out in the room they share in their parent's apartment.Students at Tatar Gymnasia #2 practice a traditional Tatar dance. The school is one of a handful of Tatar only schools in Kazan.Students attend classes at the Kazan Islamic College. People from all over Russia, including Dagestan and Chechnya, come to study at Kazan’s various Islamic institutions.The early morning light silhouettes people climbing the stairs to the Kremlin. The statue to the right honors a Tatar poet killed in battle during WWII.On Easter, the Orthodox church, including Archbishop Anastasy (center), presents gifts to the Chairman of the State Council of the Republic of Tatarstan Farid Muhametshin.Tatar nationalists celebrate the Day of Remembrance, a yearly event that honors those who sacrificed their lives for the Kazan Khanate in the 1552 battle against Ivan the Terrible.While the city center gets a glitzy makeover, much of the Old Tatar Settlement remains in disrepair.A child plays outside Tikhvinskaya Church. Situated across the street from the ancient Sultan Mosque, this is the only church in Kazan for Christian Tatars.Both Russian and Tatar veterans are honored during Victory Day, a celebration to mark the day that the Russian army defeated the Germans in WWII.Diners sit inside Meat House, a popular cafe on Bauman St., Kazan's main pedestrian walkway.Under the warm glow of the Kremlin, a woman wades into the Kazanka River.