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Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, located in Karaganda, is the largest Catholic church in Kazakhstan. The cathedral was built on the model of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany.

The solemn consecration of the cathedral was carried out September 9, 2012. In the warm season, it also hosts concerts of organ, symphonic and choral music.

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May/16

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Let’s fly over Charyn Canyon

Charyn (Sharyn) Canyon is a wonderful natural monument built of sedimentary rocks, which age is about 12 million years.

It stretches for 154 km along the canyon of the Charyn River, 195 km east of Almaty, near the border with China. The canyon is part of the territory of Charyn National Park.

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Apr/16

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Spring in Astana – a thick morning fog

A morning spring fog in Astana looks impressive, especially when it is possible to see it from above.

The fog usually envelops parts of the city. Through it, you can see the buildings under construction in Abu Dhabi Plaza and a silver peak of Khan Shatyr.

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Dec/15

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The beauty of Ust-Kamenogorsk

This fall, Ust-Kamenogorsk (Oskemen), a city with a population over 300 thousand people and the capital of East Kazakhstan region, celebrated its 295th anniversary.

In honor of this event, the following video about the beauty of the city was made.

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Nov/15

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A Journey Through Kazakhstan

Paul Gibbons and his wife recently spent just under two weeks travelling around Kazakhstan as part of their honeymoon. They had an incredible time and were blown away by the scenery, vastness, changes and more than anything the people. The hospitality was incredible everywhere they went whilst everyone they spoke to was very proud of their country.

As a result they have made the following video about their time in the country. They visited the incredibly blue Big Lake Almaty, the futuristic Astana, the haunting former gulag of ALZHIR, the hospitable Shymkent and historical Turkistan. Welcome to Kazakhstan!

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On the City Day, a new fountain was opened in the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk. Local residents call it “Ust-Kamenogorsk miracle.” The right to open the fountain was given to the People’s Artist of Kazakhstan – Ayman Musakhodzhayeva.

Three light and music fountains (20×40 meters each) constitute a single orchestra, where jets of water “dance” to the music, and below you can see backlight that changes colors. The maximum height of the jet at the peak of the music reaches forty meters. In the daytime, fountains work as usual. The light show starts at 20.00 local time.

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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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Jun/14

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Beautiful time-lapse video of Mangyshlak

Mangyshlak Peninsula is located on the east coast of the Caspian Sea. It is a unique natural reserve having the entire arsenal of different manifestations of nature of the desert.

Mangystau region of Kazakhstan is located on the peninsula. Video by Denis Frantsouzov

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Dec/13

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The Land of Tengri – the Eternal Sky

Before the adoption of Islam, Christianity and Buddhism, medieval Turkic peoples, ancestors of Kazakhs, had their ancient religion – Tengrism. It is a religion based on a belief in the Creator, presumably originated in the late 2nd – early 1st millennium BC.

The cult of Tengri is the cult of blue sky – the Eternal Sky, a place of permanent habitation of the Creator. Blue color of Kazakhstan flag meaning infinite sky over the earth and the people is the reference to this religion.

This video can help you to become imbued with the idea of the Eternal Sky that inspired the ancestors of Kazakhs.

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Oct/13

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Nomads – Eternal Wanderers

In this short movie you can see some fragments of the Kazakh national game “Kokpar”. It was the training of mounted warriors that helped to improve fighting skills in a real fight.

The shooting took place in southern Kazakhstan, near the cities of Turkestan and Sauran. The latter was destroyed in the 14th century by the armies of Genghis Khan and Kokands. Sauran was the largest center of its time, with the water supply system, paved streets, architecture.

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