Posted by: aigulkaz | April 3, 2010

Bayan-aul National Natural Park

Magnificent Bayan-Aul National Natural Park – one of the most picturesque places in the country.

The SNNP (State National Nature Park) “Bayan-Aul” was formed in 1985 to preserve and restore the flora and fauna of the Bayan-Aul mountain range. The SNNP “Bayan-Aul” is situated in Pavlodar region and covers 50,000 hectares.

Bayan-Aul is located within the Kazakh mounds (Bayan-Aul mountains), which formed as a large mountain range during the early Paleozoic, and has a long history of continental destruction; these days its height is rather modest (400-1027 meters above sea level).

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Posted by: aigulkaz | March 29, 2010

Burabay National Natural Park- the perl of Kazakhstan

Burabay, the resort pearl of Kazakhstan, is a fantastic mountain land harboring mysterious wonders. Gorgeous pine forests, cliffs formed of neat gigantic natural bricks, and fantastical shapes of peaks resembling sometimes exotic, sometimes Egyptian pointed pyramids separated by serene lakes.

Although Burabay Park does not have any artifacts on its territory, every rock here has its own legend.

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Posted by: aigulkaz | March 24, 2010

Baikonur cosmodrome

Baikonur cosmodrome is the world’s largest operating launch facility. It is located in Kazakhstan and has been ground zero for the Soviet and later, Russian space programs’ projects.

Sputnik, the first man-made satellite to orbit the Earth was launched from Baikonur on October 4th 1957, and on April 12th 1961, Yuri Gagarin lifted off from Baikonur to become the first man in space.

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Posted by: aigulkaz | March 23, 2010

Shakpak-ata cliff mosque

The cliff mosque of Shakpak-ata is one of the puzzles of the peninsula. This is a unique cult establishment in Kazakstan, carved out of a cliff and well preserved to the present day. This mosque is in the shape of a Latin cross. The top of the central quarters is supported by four columns. Their shape is reminiscent of the Doric columns of ancient Greek temples. The walls of the mosque are covered with designs and writing in the Arab language. A repetitive design is that of the palm. In Murat Auezov’s opinion, two heretical branches of Islam, Shiism and Sufism, can be traced here. It is thought that the mosque was built in the tenth and eleventh centuries.

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Posted by: aigulkaz | March 23, 2010

Aktau – City of Oil and Caviar

Aktau (Kazakh Aqtau – “white mountain” ) – a city on south-west of Kazakhstan, regional center of the Mangistau region (former called Mangyshlak), the only seaport of Caspian sea. It is also famous all over the world by it’s caviar and oil that produced from Caspian shelf.

From 1964 to 1991 the city was called Shevchenko, in the name of the great Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko, but later obtained it’s original name that was given due to neighbor mountains of Aqtau.

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Posted by: aigulkaz | March 23, 2010

Turkestan – ancient city of Silk Road

The ancient city Yasy (Turkestan) was one of important commercial centers  on the Silk Road, the trade route between Europe and China.
Turkestan was founded over fifteen centuries ago. Once known as Yasy, Turkestan is the historical centre of Kazakhstan’s culture.
The Hodja Ahmed Yasavi Mausoleum in Turkestan is a place of pilgrimage for Central Asian Muslims.
Hodja Ahmed Yasavi, born in 1103, was a religious leader and poet.
Timur (also known as Tamerlane) ordered the construction of the Hodja Ahmed Yasavi Mausoleum over two hundred years after the religious leader’s death.

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Posted by: aigulkaz | March 18, 2010

Almaty City

Almaty is the largest financial, economic and cultural city of Kazakhstan. Almaty was the capital of Kazakhstan from 1929 to 1997. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Kazakhcstan with a population of of 1,348,500 (as of 1 September 2008), which represents 9% of the population of the country, situated in the foothills of the Zailisky Alatau Mountains. It accommodates numerous business centers, theaters, museums, art galleries, exhibition halls and countless modern entertainment complexes. The name “Almaty” derives from the Kazakh word for “apple” (alma), by which the surrounding region is rich; the region that is thought to be the ancestral home of the apple, and the wild Malus sieversii, is considered a likely candidate for the ancestor of the modern domestic apple.

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Posted by: aigulkaz | March 18, 2010

Saukele – female wedding headdress

Saukele (‘sau’ – “sunny, beautiful”, ‘kele’ – “head’) and jurt were the most expensive elements of the bride’s dowry, so richly decorated saukeles represent best samples of Kazakh folk applied art.

The most skillful masters crafted it. Jewellers-zergers founded, pressed or minted metal parts. As a rule, making of one saukele took a whole year. It is important that while keeping main elements, each of saukele has its own features as a result of individual work, availability of materials and other reasons. This way, each such headdress is a unique, inimitable artwork.

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Posted by: aigulkaz | March 18, 2010

Independence monument

Independence monument

The monument of Independence of Kazakhstan at Republic Square in Almaty is the composition of soaring into the sky Saka warrior with a leopard by his feet.

The prototype of this statue was the archeological artefact (V-IV c.c. BC)  called “Golden Man” because all his(her?) outfit made up from gold, has been found  near Almaty city.


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Posted by: aigulkaz | March 11, 2010

Shimbulak ski resort

Chimbulak ski resort

Shymbulak ski resort is located in a picturesque hole of Zailisky Alatau on the hight of 2200 meters above sea level (25 km far from the city) and it’s Central Asia’s top skiing centre.

The average atmospheric temperature here stays above 20 degrees Celsius during the summer and minus 7 degrees during the winter.

Ski Lift Capacity : The 5 Ski Lifts of Chimbulak are able to uplift 5,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.

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