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December 10, 1997, Astana received the status of the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan. After this, the city experienced an unprecedented in the countries of the former USSR rapid growth. A lot of modern architectural and urban planning projects came to life here.

The population increased from 270 thousand people in 1996 to 853 thousand in 2015. The territory of the city greatly expanded to an area of ‚Äč‚Äčover 700 square km because of the construction of a new administrative and business center and other neighborhoods nearby. Photos by: Ilia Afanasieff.

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summer in Astana




Almaty – the view from the TV tower

The TV Tower “Koktobe”, located to the southeast of Almaty city center, was built in 1975-1983. It is the second highest free-standing building in Kazakhstan (371.5 meters), the 12th highest TV tower in the world.

Unfortunately, the air in Almaty is rarely clear. In winter, the smog is often accompanied by haze and fog. These photos were taken by Vyacheslav Firsov from the top of the TV tower when the smog slightly lifted. Let’s take a view of the southern capital of Kazakhstan from its highest point!

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unique views of Almaty




The New Year holidays in Astana and Almaty

Let’s feel the atmosphere of the New Year holidays reigning on the streets of the two largest cities of Kazakhstan – Astana and Almaty. Photos from voxpopuli.kz.

Astana – the capital city of Kazakhstan

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New Year in Kazakhstan

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The park of the First President

The park named after the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan is an arboretum located in Almaty at the intersection of Navoi Street and Al-Farabi Avenue in Bostandyk district. The park was opened in July 2010.

The total area of the park is 73 hectares. There is an observation deck built, which is located on the hill of about 12 meters height. Photos by Andrey Pereverzev

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a picturesque park


Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, is the northernmost capital city in Asia and one of the coldest capitals of the world.

Famous Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa took part in creating the master plan of the city, a lot of the buildings and structures were designed by the famous architect Norman Foster.

one more beautiful video about Astana

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Beautiful Interiors of Almaty Subway

Subway in Almaty is the first subway in Kazakhstan, the second in Central Asia (after Tashkent subway) and sixteenth in the former Soviet Union countries. Subway has modern trains; interiors of the stations are made in national style.

July 9, 2013 (after 1 year and 8 months after opening), Almaty subway met the 10-millionth passenger. It is open daily, from 06:30 to 23:30. Currently, there is one line with seven stations. Photos by Dmitry Chistoprudov

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Let’s go down in Almaty subway




Astana – a City Built in the Steppe

In 1997, the capital of Kazakhstan was moved to Astana from Almaty to take advantage of Astana more favorable location as it is closer to Russia and the risk of earthquake is much less.

Nowadays, the city is becoming a new cosmopolitan western-style city with skyscrapers and offices of intercontinental oil corporations.

Famous Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa worked on the master plan of the city. Many of the buildings were designed by famous architect Norman Foster. Photos by Petr Ushanov

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enjoy the modern architecture of Astana




Almaty – a City Close to the Sky

Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan with a population of about 1.5 million people known as the “Southern Capital”.

The city is located in the center of the Eurasian continent, in the south-east of Kazakhstan, at the foot of the mountains of Trans-Ili Alatau – the most northern ridge of Tien Shan mountains at an altitude of 600 to 1650 meters above sea level. Photos by Max Zolotuhin for voxpopuli.kz

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Almaty from above


Aktau is a city in south-western Kazakhstan built in a waterless desert on the shores of the Caspian Sea in the Soviet times. It was the center of mining of uranium ore, its processing and enrichment.

Nowadays, it is the center of oil and natural gas extraction in Mangystau region. Aktau port is the only port in Kazakhstan used for international transportation of crude oil and petroleum products.

A couple of interesting facts about Aktau




One day in the life of Almaty

This great video clip showing one day in the life of former Kazakhstan capital city Almaty was shot in the summer and fall of 2012.

Almaty is a sunny, cozy, green city with wide streets, beautiful buildings, numerous parks, gardens and fountains. This city at the foot of the emerald Tien Shan mountains is called “garden city.”

Gardens, groves, parks, boulevards, flower gardens occupy more than eight thousand acres of the urban area.

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