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A mausoleum of Tatar khans of the XV-XVI centuries discovered in Kazan Kremlin
20.07.2004 00:00

Archeologists have discovered a mausoleum of the XV-XVI centuries on the territory of Kazan Kremlin, reported to Interfax-Povoljie agency Mrs. Irina Karpova, an architect.
      
       The old masonry was found by chance during laying a rain sewage to the Palace Church at the Palace of Governor (nowadays the Presidents Palace, which is the residence of Tatarstans president).
      
       At the beginning of summer archeologists of the historical and architectural museum Kazan Kremlin started archeological dig, and in two months of hard work on the 3-meters depth three tombs were found, which as experts think belong to Tatar khans. Each tomb is made up of 5 stages.
      
       At first they wanted to open one of the tombs, however, the work was stopped, mainly by ethic reasons.
      
       Besides, as Mrs. Karpova states, the archeologists decided to leave the unique white stone floor of the mausoleum intact, that would be impossible in case of a tombs unsealing. That is why the remnants of the mausoleum will be conserved.
      
       One can find records of the mausoleum in old Kazan chronicles with pictures of the XVI century. Besides there remained a lithography of the XVII century with the image of the mausoleum.
      Now the total digging area is 7 by 18 meters, though it is known that the mausoleum was of a cubic form, Mrs. Karpova mentioned.
      
       At present the historians discuss the best way to preserve the fund for descendants. One of the variants possible is to cover the mausoleum with a flat or round glass along the perimeter of the mausoleums floor. It cannot be placed on a lower level otherwise it would hinder the view of the famous Suumbike tower, Mrs.Karpova said.
      


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