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Kazakhstan features, attractions, places of interest

Jun/20

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Glaciers and Lakes of Trans-Ili Alatau

Trans-Ili Alatau is a mountain range located in the northwest of the Tien Shan mountain system, on the border of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The city of Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan, is located in its northern foothills, as well as the famous Medeo sports complex, Assy-Turgen Observatory, and the alpine ski resort Chimbulak.

The name “Trans-Ili Alatau” was adopted in 1865, when the famous traveler and geographer P.P. Semenov stopped at the crossing of the Ili River and saw a grand ridge that stretched behind the river. Trans-Ili Alatau on Google Maps. Photos by: Grigory Bedenko.

Glaciers and Lakes of Trans-Ili Alatau, Kazakhstan, photo 1

picturesque mountain scenery

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The Fayzulins family houses are located in the microdistrict of Podgora from where the city of Petropavl originates. The terrain here has a large slope.

The head of the family, Anvar Galimovich Fayzulin, explains how he came up with such an unusual idea – to build castles literally in the air. He says: “I just did not want to live in a garbage dump.” Photos by: Vitaly Rezunov for voxpopuli.kz

Fairytale castles on a hillside in Petropavl, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful miniature castles

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Apr/20

27

Collapsed Land of Cape Dzhigalgan

Cape Dzhigalgan (“collapsed land” in the Kazakh language) is the main attraction of the Tub-Karagan peninsula located on the Mangyshlak peninsula on the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea in the west of the Mangystau region.

This is a mountain range with a giant hollow of almost perfect round shape littered with numerous rocks. Some boulders reach the size of a small village house. The rocks are scattered so chaotically that there is a feeling that the collapse has occurred recently. Cape Dzhigalgan on Google Maps. Photos by: Roman Smirnov.

Collapsed Land of Cape Dzhigalgan, Mangystau Region, Kazakhstan, photo 1

very picturesque place

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Mar/20

2

Sunrise in Aktau Mountains

Aktau Mountains (translated as “white mountains”) are chalk mountains of different colors, mostly white, located in the territory of the national park of Altyn-Emel in the central part of Almaty Oblast. It will take you about 5-7 hours to get here from Almaty. Aktau Mountains on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Sunrise in Aktau Mountains, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful colorful landscapes

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Feb/20

8

The Ascension Cathedral in Almaty

The Ascension Cathedral (1904-1907), also known as Zenkov’s Cathedral (in honor its architect Andrei Zenkov), is located on the territory of the Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen in Almaty. It is included in the list of historical and cultural monuments of Kazakhstan of republican significance.

This church is a unique architectural structure – one of the tallest wooden buildings in the world and the tallest Orthodox wooden church. The highest point at the upper end of the cross on the main dome is 39.64 meters, at the top of the bell tower – 46 meters. Zenkov’s Cathedral on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergio.

Ascension Cathedral, Almaty, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful wooden church

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Jan/20

7

Picturesque Mountain Plateau of Asy

Asy (Assy), a mountain plateau located at an altitude of 2,560 meters above sea level about 100 kilometers east of Almaty, is one of the largest intermountain valleys of the Northern Tien Shan. The length of the plateau is more than 20 km, the width – up to 15 km.

In summer, this area is used as a huge pasture. The best time to visit the plateau is the end of May – the beginning of June, when numerous herbs bloom here. Asy Plateau on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Asy Plateau, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing place

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Dec/19

31

Happy New Year 2020!

Out with the old, in with the new! Sending Happy New Year best wishes to you!

Happy New Year 2020 from Kazakhstan

On the mountain skating rink of Medeu (1955) by Abylkhan Kasteev.

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Dec/19

1

Landscapes of the Tekes River Valley

On the territory of Kazakhstan, the Tekes River flows mainly in a wide intermountain valley in Raiymbek District – one of the most beautiful places in Almaty Oblast located in its southeastern part. This area is rarely visited by tourists, which contributed to the preservation of its pristine nature. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Landscapes of the Tekes River Valley, Kazakhstan, photo 1

beautiful nature views

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Oct/19

8

Mysterious Stone Eggs of Mangyshlak

The Valley of Balls is one of the most interesting and unusual sights of Mangystau Oblast and Western Kazakhstan. Stones of almost perfect spherical shape are scattered along the plateau and its slopes. The height of some stones reaches 1.5 meters or more.

The origin of these stone spheres is still not clear. Their shapes are gradually changing and the landscape becomes more and more mysterious. The Valley of Balls on Google Maps. Photos by: Roman Smirnov.

The Valley of Balls, Mangystau Oblast, Kazakhstan, photo 1

unique geological formations

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Aug/19

7

Colorful Landscapes of the Aktau Mountains

The chalk mountains of Aktau (literally “white mountains”), located about 260 km northeast of Almaty, is a unique natural monument that is part of the Altyn Emel National Park.

These multi-colored hills formed from bluish-gray sandstone and red clay, interspersed with yellow and pink cornelian, jasper, and white quartz, look like a layer cake. The height of the geological deposits reaches hundreds of meters. The Aktau Mountains on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.

Colorful Landscapes of the Aktau Mountains, Kazakhstan, photo 1

amazing scenery

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