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    Kok Tobe Hill--Something for Everyone

    by JessieLang Written Aug 16, 2014

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    Kok Tobe hill is on the outskirts of Almaty. Private vehicles have to stop at the parking lot, and passengers take a mini-van to the top. The Mini-van costs 500 Tenge (under $3) round trip, or 300 Tenge one way. Some people only take it one way, and then come down on foot or in a gondola.

    (Check out the dispensing machine at the van pick-up point—a tough-looking guy points at you and says, “Do you want lemonade?”)

    There is a lot to see up here.
    *As you walk around the paths, there are panoramic views of the city on one side and the mountains on the other.

    *There is a statue of the Beatles! They never came here, but locals who liked their music raised the money for the statue. It is a busy spot, with people sitting on it for photos.

    *There is a small zoo, and animal feed is for sale.

    *An amusement park area has an assortment of rides and games, food booths, and a large system of connected platforms, rope ladders, etc. to climb around on.

    View from the hill Lemonade
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    The Museum of Musical Instruments

    by JessieLang Written Aug 16, 2014

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    The Museum of Musical Instruments is housed in a beautiful 1907 wooden building with traditional Kazakh decoration on the inside. It became a museum in 1980. Rooms are full of traditional Kazakh instruments, as well as some from around the world. There are many dombras, from early to modern, some stringed instruments I’d never heard of, horse hoof rhythm instruments, and even a bagpipe made from a goat stomach. One room has an electronic wall where you could point to an instrument and hear how it sounds.

    Admission is cheap. Photos are allowed—I think there was a camera fee, but it wasn’t much.

    This building would be worth visiting even without its contents, and the musical instruments were fascinating.

    Adyma Zhetighen Dombra Bagpipes
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    Zenkov Cathedral

    by JessieLang Written Aug 16, 2014

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    The Zenkov Cathedral is a beautiful Eastern Orthodox church built from 1904-06. It was constructed of wood, but without the use of nails. It has a capacity of 1500 people. The Cathedral was one of the few buildings that came through the 1911 earthquake in good shap because the architect had the foresight to add reinforcement bars inside and put a sand-filled ditch around the exterior.

    There is also an underground tunnel somewhere in the building—Supposedly the last priest disappeared through it and got away when the Communists came to arrest him. The Cathedral was used as a radio station in those years so it stayed in good shape, and was eventually given back to the Church.

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    A walk in the park - Panfilov Park

    by gordonilla Updated Apr 12, 2014

    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.

    Memorial Memorial Zenkov Cathedral in the Park Memorial The Heroes

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    Zenkov Cathedral

    by gordonilla Written Apr 12, 2014

    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

    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.

    Oblast Akimat Building The Old square
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