Aktobe city, Kazakhstan (Aktyubinsk)

The capital city of Aktobe oblast.

Aktobe overview

Aktobe (other spellings: Aqtobe, Aktyubinsk, Aktubinsk) is an administrative center of Aktobe oblast (region) of Kazakhstan. Aktobe city is standing on Ilek River.

Aktobe has the population of about 278,000 (2010).

Aktobe phone code - +7 7132; postal code - 030000.

Aktobe city coat of arms

Aktobe city coat of arms

Aktobe city map, Kazakhstan


Aktobe history

Aktobe was founded in 1869 as Aktyube (White Hill), a small Russian fort. The first Russian peasant settlers arrived in 1878.

In 1891 Aktyubinsk became the capital of an uyezd (canton) and in 1932 of an Aktyubinsk region of Kazakhstan. During World War II a ferroalloys plant was built to smelt the nickel and chromium ores of Mugodzhar Hills.

On March 11th, 1999, by Kazakhstan President’s decree the transcription of Aktyubinsk city name was changed into Aktobe.

Aktobe economics

Aktobe city is an important industrial center of the region and Kazakhstan now. There are various plants there: ferroalloys, chromium compounds, agricultural machine building, X-ray equipment and others. Chemical industry is also developed.

Light, food industries, production of liqueur and vodka are especially developed. There are large running and non-running oil and gas deposits in Aktobe oblast.

The airport Aktobe is an international one.

Aktobe views

Aktobe city view

Aktobe city view

Author: Xiao Han

Aktobe city, Kazakhstan view

Aktobe city, Kazakhstan view

Author: Rustam O. Imambaev

Aktyubinsk city view

Aktyubinsk city view

Author: Rustam O. Imambaev


Aktobe attractions

There are 9 institutions of higher education in Aktobe city, 2 museums of republican importance (Aktobe regional historical museum of local study), tennis court, hippodrome, Sport Palace and Central Stadium meeting UEFA standards. Local soccer team was several times the champion of Kazakhstan.

T.Akhtanov Drama theater, regional philharmonic society, children’s puppet theater “Alakai” and Aktobe regional planetarium are located in the city.

There are the following parks: A.S.Pushkin retro-park, Central recreation park named after Abai (micro district #11) as well as a lot of alleys, public gardens and boulevards.

In 2009 (by 140th anniversary of Aktobe city) a new Water-Green boulevard was constructed, it was named Unity and Agreement boulevard and has an amphitheatre, a monument “Shanyrak” and 2 fountains, one of them with son and lumiere. The boulevard itself links the central mosque “Nurgasyr” - the largest in the city and St.Nickolas cathedral built in 2008.

The annual festival of independent music “Sukhovey” is held in Aktobe city visited by a lot of guests from all over CIS countries. In the city there are a lot of monuments and sculptures to famous personalities.

There are 3 mosques (Aktobe regional central mosque, Central mosque of the city of Aktobe, mosque “Nurdaulet”), 3 Orthodox churches and a Catholic parish in the city.

There are a lot of restaurants and cafes of national cuisine - Kazakh, Russian, Armenian, Korean, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Turkish and others. Also there are night clubs and entertainment complexes in Aktobe city.

Aktobe city of Kazakhstan photos

Aktobe sceneries

Aktobe city scenery

Aktobe city scenery

Author: A.C.Dauren

Aktobe city architecture

Aktobe city architecture

Author: A.C.Dauren

Aktobe city Eternal flame

Aktobe city Eternal flame

Author: Alexey KZ


Aktobe places

Aktobe city aviation school

Aktobe city aviation school

Author: Vladimir Ivanov

Aktobe city entrance sign

Aktobe city entrance sign

Author: Carole A.

Aktobe city, Kazakhstan church

Aktobe city, Kazakhstan church

Author: Shery Shokoohi


Aktobe mosques

Aktobe city mosque view

Aktobe city mosque view

Author: Rustam O. Imambaev

Aktobe city mosque

Aktobe city mosque

Author: Sattarov

Aktobe city, Kazakhstan mosque

Aktobe city, Kazakhstan mosque

Author: Shery Shokoohi


The comments of our visitors

barry diem
my girlfriend comes from aktobe and is currently over there. She has to settle her mothers estate and some other things . I miss her very much and wish I could have gone along. It looks as though your area is interesting to me and maybe some day I will visit. Thanks for the pictures and history.

cassey mckenzie
my opinion
this country really looks nice, hope i can come visit soon

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