Staro-Tatarskaya Sloboda is a historical district of Kazan, a place that Tatars have chosen in the city to live since the 16th century. It had its own Hay Market, soap and beer factories, merchants' mansions and mosques.
Today it is a historical district with a unique architecture of the XVIII-XIX centuries between the Nizhniy Kaban Lake and the Bulak Channel. The heart of the Staro-Tatarskaya Sloboda is a small Yunusov Square. The famous Shamil House, a mansion in eclectic style with turrets and hammered weather vanes reminiscent of a medieval castle, is located on this square. It houses the Gadbulla Tukay literary museum. One of the largest mosques of Kazan Al-Marjani Mosque of the XVIII century is located not far from this museum where tourists are quietly allowed to visit.