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The National Library (Ushakova House)

The National Library (Ushakova House) – an impressive building built in the beginning of the XX century in front of the main University building. Alexey Ushakov got married to the daughter of the University professor Zinaida Vysotskaya and presented her the house as a wedding gift. Alexei desired to impress his wife and decided to make an unusual house combining all the architectural styles. The rooms are made in baroque, rococo and gothic style. Initial house planning and interior finishing are well preserved thanks to N. Krupskaya. In 1919 House of Ushkova became a central building of National Library of the Republic of Tatarstan — one of the biggest libraries of Volga region. Many students come here everyday, besides the house is open for tourists.