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The Zharkent mosque is a grandiose building of the 19th century; its architecture combines the motives of Central Asian and Chinese architecture. The main building material for the construction of the temple was wood - logs of the Tien Shan spruce, which were delivered to Zharkent from the Aksu and Ketmen mountains. This structure is already over 120 years old (the museum itself claims that mosques are 130 years old, if you keep a record from the beginning of construction, that is, from 1887), but it still causes surprise for all people who see it for the first time. And all because it was made very unusual - in the Chinese style, made of wood. Its architect is Shanghai master Hun Pete.
Since its foundation by the kingdom of Kokand in 1820 and until its capture by the Russian troops in 1852, the fort was called Ak-Mechet (Ak-Meshit). Thus, the Count Vassili Perovski and General of the cavalry of Emperor Alexander II, took control of the southern borders of the Empire and dominated the khanate of Kokand. Fort Perovski takes its name in 1862, then Perovski city until 1925, when it will be named Kyzylorda (Kyzyl Orda in Kazakh means the red capital).
Kyzylorda today has nearly 300,000 inhabitants. You can visit the regional music theater and the theater named after N. Bekezhanova, the local history museum, the city's culture house named after Askar Tokmagambetov, the Saint Kazan church built in 1896 , the "Akmeshit" and Aitbay mosques built in 1878.
The monuments of interest are dedicated to Zhalantos Bahadir (Emir of Samarkand), the batyr of Koblandy, the batyr of Bukharbai, Batyrkhan Shukenov and Korkyt-Ata.
You can still see the railway station built in 1905 and the dam in 1956.
City of Turkestan, situated in the midst of the arid steppes of Kazakhstan's extreme south. The first ancient settlement on the territory of modern Turkestan emerged at the beginning of the 6th century BC. The city with 1500 years of history is now one of the most important centers of pilgrimage in the Central Asia.
Astana (formerly Nur-Sultan)
Astan ("the shining king"; formerly Akmoolinsk, Tselinograd, Akmola, Astana, Nur-Sultan) has been the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan since December 10, 1997. At the start of 2020, its population numbered 1,136,156. in fact the second most populous city in Kazakhstan after Almaty. Nur-Sultan is located in the north of the country, on the banks of the Ishim River.
The area of the territory of the city is 797.33 km²
The territory of the modern city was previously an important crossing point for caravans. Archaeologists have found artifacts in the city that date back to the Bronze Age, the early Iron Age and the Middle Ages.
Currently, Nur-Sultan is a modern center and its growth is very rapid. The city attracts with its futuristic buildings and developed infrastructure. In 2017, the city hosted the World Expo EXPO-2017, which significantly increased the number of tourists.
Nur-Sultan International Airport is located 15 km from the city. In addition, the city has a sufficient number of modern hotels meeting European standards.
4 things to do in Nur-Sultan:
- Visit a traditional oriental bazaar in the city center. Feel the atmosphere of the Asian market, try on traditional clothes and shop for national souvenirs.
- Walk along the three-level bridge on Vodno-green Boulevard. The bridge is a huge pedestrian avenue. At the very bottom there is a parking lot, on the second level there are offices, shops, restaurants and exhibition halls, and on the third level there are excellent conditions for walking: there are a lot of fountains and sculptures.
- Visit the main tourist sites of the city: Museum of the First President, Architectural and cultural objects: "Baiterek", the Palace of Peace and Accord and the ethno-memorial complex "Map of Kazakhstan".
- Taste a national dish. There are many restaurants serving Kazakh cuisine in the capital. Be sure to try the tea with dried fruits and spices, and the national meat dish beshparmak.
Almaty - one of the major cities of Kazakhstan, located in the southeast of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in the foothills of Zailiyskiy Alatau; the city's population is about 1.5 million inhabitants.Although Almaty is not anymore capital of the republic, the city is still the financial, economic and cultural center of Central Asia.
Picturesque mountains are the hallmark of Almaty. You can enjoy views of the cable car climbing to the highest point of the city of Kok-Tobe ("Blue Mountain"), located at an altitude of 1,130 meters above sea level. From this summit offers a magnificent view of the mountains and the city. It is especially beautiful at night when the city is illuminated with colored lights.
Two big rivers - the Big and Small Almaty flow down from the mountains and provide the city with fresh water reservoirs and fountains fill the coolness and freshness.
"The Valley of Balls" - the unsolved mystery of Mangistau
"The Valley of Spheres" in Mangistau, Kazakhstan, remains one of the most mysterious and little-studied archaeological finds in the world. Many questions surround these strange stone spheres, and researchers continue to try to unravel their mystery.
Beyond the Glacier, a short film over the water in Central Asia
Conflicts over water in Central Asia are at the heart of the short film Beyond the Glacier, directed by David Rodríguez Muñiz in 2019. An interesting documentary that takes the form of a journey, from the glaciers of Kyrgyzstan to the sea of Kyrgyzstan. Aral.
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