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    A walk in the park - Panfilov Park

    by gordonilla Updated Apr 12, 2014
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    The park is located in central-east Almaty and it encircles the Zenkov Cathedral. The park has been dedicated to the Panfilov Heroes. The memorial that has been erected in the park is to the memory of 28 soldiers from an Almaty infantry unit who fought and died whilst fighting the Nazis outside of Moscow.

    Ivan Panfilov was the name of the General commanding the 316 division and despite suffering heavy casualties, they significantly delayed the enemy’s advance which bought time for the defenders of the city.

    An eternal flame commemorating the fallen of 1917-20 (the Civil War) and 1941-45 (WWII), burns in front of the giant black monument of soldiers from all 15 Soviet republics.

    There is a police presence here, and I am advised that you should not visit the park after dark.

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    Zenkov Cathedral

    by gordonilla Written Apr 12, 2014
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    The Cathedral was built in 1904, and it survived the 1911 earthquake! The Cathedral is located in Panfilov Park.

    The structure is wooden, and is constructed without the use of nails. It is the second largest wooden structure in the world, and it is probably the only wooden Cathedral!

    It was well attended when I visited and sadly I was not brave enough to take some images of the interior - this is not permitted any way.

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    A walk in the park - Astana Square

    by gordonilla Written Apr 12, 2014
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    I took a post breakfast walk and came across the park and square. It was peaceful and even at 0800am it was quite busy, mostly with workers crossing the park.

    There was a police presence near the memorial and his box had the words "Police" nothing in Kazakh nor Russian.

    There was an almost clear view of the snow capped mountains.

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    Abilay Khan

    by traveloturc Updated Jan 16, 2014

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    Abilay Khan (1711 - 1781) is one of the most prominent figures in the Kazak history, the legendary ruler of Kazaks who dedicated his life to the struggle against the invasion of Oirats (Dzungarians) and the colonization attempts by Russian empire and Qing dynasty of China. He managed to restore the power of the Kazak khanate, destroy the Oirat state, and keep the balance between the foreign policies towards Russia and China.

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    Excursion to Bolshoe Almatinskoe Lake

    by Over60 Updated Mar 21, 2009

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    This lake, a few kilometers into the mountains south of Almaty, makes for a nice day trip. The lake resulted from damming a mountain stream to provide water for the city. Although the lake is reachable by a combination of public transport and hiking, I chose to employ a guide with four wheel drive vehicle, arranged for me by StanTours. I was glad that I did, as the walk up would be a very hard slog. The Alpine scenery in the area is indeed beautiful, but at the time of my visit (July, 2008), the lake was only about half full due to drought and Almaty's profligate use of water, which made it considerably less beautiful than it otherwise might have been. Be sure to take rain gear. I did not, and the result was being drenched by cold rain from a shower that blew up suddenly. The positive side of this was that my guide and I were able to take refuge in the home of a local game warden and enjoy a cup of tea--an experience I otherwise would not have had. All told, the trip was well worth the money.

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    Zenkov Cathedral

    by aah_stone Written Nov 9, 2008

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    Located in Panfilov Park at the northern end of Dostyk Av this is in my opinion one of the most attractive buildings in Almaty. The outside is just beautiful especially on a snowy morning.
    The inside is no less impressive, really go inside you just have to.

    This Russian Orthodox cathedral is built entirely of wood, no nails either. Just amazing. Also one of the few Tzarist buildings to survive the big earthquake of 1911.

    Go and visit.....

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    Republic Square

    by marsistanbul Updated Oct 18, 2008

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    Almaty's main square is the largest and most picturesque in the city,with magnificent ensemble of modern architectire.The square will always be associated with the memory of those who died in tragic events of december 1986-the protest by Kazakh students.

    To the south-east are the President's Southern Residence,the former government building(now the Akimat or city hall) and the national television centre.The Central State Museum is situated east of the square,and the Regent Ankara Hotel is on the western side.The architectural ensemble is completed by two high rise residential blocks and the adjacent buildings with Eastern-style stained glass windows.

    Fountains cascade down Baiseitova st. all the way to Old Square.On the clear day they make a stunning picture with Republic Square and Alatau mountains in the background.
    There is a platform above the square from which state officials used to watch processions,parades and ceremonies now there is an art gallery under it..

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    Kok-Tyube(Green Peak)

    by marsistanbul Written Oct 18, 2008

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    This is a hill on one of the Alatau ridges,site of Almaty's television broad-casting tower.
    Kok-tyube(green peak),so called because it is covered with grass and bushes,is 1070 meters high.On a clear day you can enjoy a magnificent panorama of Almaty from the viewing platform on top of the hill.
    There are several ways of getting there you can either take the cable which links Kok-Tyube with Abai Square on Dostyk Avenue(open every day),or you can drive up:head south along Dostyk,then turn east just south of the hotel Alatau.
    You can also walk up the hill along one of the little streets east of Luganskovo.
    There are several pleasant restaurant and cafes at the top.

    The television tower is a useful landmark for tourist since it can be seen from any point in the city.Reaching 1000 meters above sea level,the tower itself is 327 meters tall and has viewing platform at a height of 146 meters.

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    Arasan Baths

    by marsistanbul Written Oct 18, 2008

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    Atmaty's central bath-house is situated in a large,impressive dome-shaped building opposite Panfilov Park.
    Three types of bath are available at the Arasan:Russian,Finnish and Turkish.The Russian and Finnish barths share the same plunge pool and you can try both one ticket.The Finnish bath is dry while the Russian version is a sea of steam.
    The Turkish bath consist of stone platforms heated to three different temperatures and a plunge pool.Various kinds of massage are on offer.

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    The Cathedral of the Holy Ascension

    by marsistanbul Written Oct 18, 2008

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    This architectural landmark is one of just eight unique wooden structures in the world.The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Ascension has a striking beauty and splendour.It was built in 1904-1907,designed by the architect A.Zenkov with wall paintings by Nikolai Khludov.The cathedral is about 50 meters high yet,interestingly,it withstood the very severe earthquake of 1910.
    Used as a museum during the Soviet peroid,the cathedral reopened for church services in 1997.There is small souvenir stand inside where Orthodox devotional items can be purchased.

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    The Green Bazaar

    by marsistanbul Written Oct 18, 2008

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    The central market,otherwise known as the Green Bazaar,brings to life the finest traditions of the Asian Bazaar.
    This is not a market,but a meeting place of various Asian cultures in miniature.You can sample the wealth of produce grown throughout Central Asia as many of the farmers have come from neighbouring countries.
    In the bazaar's open courtyard there are numerous shashlyk stands,a flea market,flower stalls and a restaurant serving local dishes.
    The fruit and vegetables at the Green Bazaar are extremely good value in summer.

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    Old Square

    by marsistanbul Written Oct 18, 2008

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    Almaty's second largest square was designed in 1957 by central planners in Moscow and is therefore completely different in style from Republic Square.
    Here stands the former Parliament Building,where until the capital was moved to Astana fateful decisions were made;it was here that first Parliment in Kazakhstan's history adopted the first Constitution as a sovereign state.The building now houses the Kazakh-British Technical University.
    The former parliament is surrounded on all sides by pretty public gardens with flower beds and fountains.

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    Cable Car Ride

    by Over60 Written Aug 29, 2008

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    From the southern side of the city, it's possible to take a pleasant cble car ride to the top of one of the nearby mountains. There are no Alpine vistas here; that's further to the South, but the view fof the city from the top is nice, and the view to the other, uninhabited side is scenic. Better still, there' are several pleasant places at the top to enjoy a beer, a snack, or a meal. No english spoken at the ticket offices, but the waiter at the restaurant where I ate had a few words of English, and there was an English version of the menu.

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    Enjoy the view of the Tien-Shan Mountains

    by WorldPassenger Written Jul 21, 2008

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    Crests of the Tien-Shan Mountains near Almaty
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    The Tien-Shan Mountains thrust themselves skyward just on the outskirts of Almaty. What most tourists see is the Zailiiskiy Alatay ridge which is the northern most ridge of the Tien-Shan. In this region the altitude of peaks reaches ~16,400 feet (5000m) above sea level. This range of mountains is very picturesque and forms a beautiful backdrop to the city itself.

    More than 370 glaciers are located in the central part of the Zailiiskiy Alatay ridge. This mountainous ridge is cut by many deep valleys that allow both rivers and mud to flow downslope. The northern slope finds the headwaters for the following rivers: Uzun-Kargali, Chemolgan, Kaskelen, Aksai, Bolshaiya Almatinki, Malaya Almatinki, Talgar, Issyk, and Turgen. On the southern slope you will find many short valleys with small rivers running through them.

    My best look at these mountains came when driving up to the Medeu Dam. The sight of these mountains, even though the air was hazy, was spectacular. It was late in the day so there was a pinkish glow already being cast upon the slopes. Gorgeous!

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    Visit and even skate at the Medeu Skating Rink

    by WorldPassenger Written Jul 21, 2008

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    Worlds highest and largest Ice Skating Rink-Almaty

    The Medeu Ice Skating Rink is sometimes known as the Ice Pearl because it lies over a mile high in the mountains near Almaty. It is both the highest skating-rink in the world, built at an altitude of 5,570 feet (1,700m) above sea level, as well as the largest speed-skating ice rink in the world. This famous rink lies in the shadow of the Medeu Dam and both are located about 15 kilometers from Almaty.

    Back in the days of Soviet domination, its huge 10,500 square meter surface was the training center for the Olympic skaters from the Soviet Union. This sports complex has provided the venue for the setting of about 200 world records in ice skating. Even today this large and panoramic complex is used to conduct competitions in speed skating and ice hockey.

    But this sports complex is not reserved just for competitions. Each year you will find European and Asian winter sport enthusiasts, tourists and local residents taking to the ice for a day of ice skating fun.

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