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?Bike? means woman, maiden and/or princess in old Turkish. Süyüm Bike means Princess Suyum. She was the wife of Safa Giray Khan. After the death of her husband, she ruled the country. But during the Russian siege, her people wanted to give Suyum Bike and her son Otemis to Tsar Ivan as captives. They were planning to save the city by sacrificing their princess. Unfortunately their plan didn?t work and they lost both their city and their princess.
She was forced to marry to Sheikh Ali by Tsar. Her son died when he was only 8 years old.
There is a more romantic story about the tower. It is about the love of Tsar to Suyumbike. She couldn?t refuse his proposal and wanted him to build the highest building of Kazan in 7 days as a condition. Tsar achieved the goal but Suyumbike committed suicide by throwing herself down from the tower.
Turkish women were so powerful in history. In our former tribes, women were warriors like any men. So, I prefer to dream about Suyumbike as a warrior who fought for her country.
It is a leaning tower. I think it is because of Kazan is situated on a river basin. The ground of river basins is not rigid enough. You can see the tower is leaning through the Residence of President.
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