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Almaty


Southern capital of Kazakhstan

In the South-Eastern Kazakhstan, at the foot of the snowy peaks of Northern Tian-Shan, lies the city of Almaty. It is the largest city in the country, having more than one and half million inhabitants. Almaty during 70 years was the capital of Kazakhstan. Since 1997, this status was passed to Astana, nevertheless Almaty remained the most beautiful city of the country, its business and cultural center. After that event Almaty obtained a new title - "Southern capital of Kazakhstan". Geographically, it is located in the heart of the Eurasian continent, therefore it carries the traits of both Asian and European cultural traditions.

City at the foothills of Tian-Shan

Almaty does not look like any other city. Surrounded by a semicircle of snow-capped mountains of the Zailiysky Alatau, the city fascinates with its originality. Here mountain slopes, Alpine meadows, Tian-Shan spruces are very near. Pyramidal poplars and a beautiful panorama of shining mountain ranges serve as decorative frame for Almaty. But the city is beautiful not only because of the majestic natural landscape around. It is interesting for its unique architectural ensembles, that widely use elements of national style and modern construction equipment. In Almaty there is a number of inimitable sights, attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world.

City of unique construction

The center of Almaty was planned and built by Russian architects in XIX century, when the city was called Verniy. Here it is difficult to get lost - the streets are a kind of coordinate grid of four cardinal directions. Besides, city has distinctive gradient of the terrain from south to north. Everything here is built with attention to details, even special protection from the mudslide - streets are arranged in such a way that even the most ferocious mudflow from the mountains passes through the city without meeting any obstacles on the way.

Garden city

Almaty is justly called "garden city". The gardens, shady parks and squares, boulevards, flower beds and fountains occupy almost half the territory of the city. Among the greenery you can see exotic plants brought from other countries. In the spring, when the outskirts of the city are literally drowning in flowering apple, cherry and apricot orchards, it becomes like a bride. From the high hill Kok-Tobe you can see the whole city, to see a panorama of city districts dressed in green, successfully fit in the mountain landscape. Mountains and tall buildings, ironically, constitute a single harmonious ensemble. Southern capital of Kazakhstan is generous and hospitable. It greets its guests with heat and the sun and getting prettier every year.

Medeo and Chimbulak

Near Almaty there are unique objects, known throughout the world. They are high-mountain skating rink Medeo and ski resort Chimbulak. Medeo, which is also called "factory of records" - is a skating rink with the world's largest area of ice coverage. Chimbulak is a ski resort with modern infrastructure and cable cars going up to the height of 3000 m.

The most important tourist center of Kazakhstan

Concerning tourism Almaty is a unique city in all respects. Apart from the fact that the city itself is attractive to travelers from all over the world, it is also the strategically important location for surrounding tourism: to the east - spreads out famous Charyn canyon, to the the south - Kyrgyz lake Issyk-Kul (gem of Kyrgyzstan), to the west there are Shymkent and Tashkent cities, to the north-west is located the capital Astana. Everyone tries to reach Almaty: from the fans of cultural-historical tours to skiers, mountaineers and cyclists.




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Kok-Tobe Mountain
Subway of Almaty
Subway of Almaty
Subway of Almaty
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