Youth of the Capital

Astana celebrated its 17-anniversary of the formal transfer of capital on December 10.

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Sairam: village, which is one and a half millennia old

Each town has two vectors of development - one in space, the other in time. If you measure in square meters then located near Shymkent Sairam is the village, although quite a big one. But it is hard to call Sairam a village. Because its history began almost one and half thousand years ago. And...

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Two capitals of the Republic of Kazakhstan

…If it is necessary to compare Kazakhstan with any European country, it could be compared with Germany. Our capital also moved to a new location in the last years of the twentieth century; from Alma-Ata to Akmola - Tzelinograd. And it got a new name Astana.

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Uralsk - between Europe and Asia

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Uralsk city is located on a large Ural River, which geographically divides the continent into Europe and Asia. Officially Uralsk is 400 years old. It was founded in 1613 by runaway peasants and tradespeople and back then it was called Yaitsky town and was renamed by Catherine II in 1775 into...

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Zyryanovsk –Zyryanov’s city

History of Zyryanovsk is typical for Altai cities. Dowser GrigoryGrigorievichZiryanovwalked through the Altai. He walked- walked and found what he was looking for. And what he was looking for is known. He looked for wealth. And here was so much wealth in this land that afterRussian Empire and...

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Where the East meets the West

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Aktobe - "White Hill" - so poetically the name of the central city of Aktobe Oblast is translated from Kazakh language. It is the most eastern city of the European part of Kazakhstan.

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Aktau - white city in a desert

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Aktau is a unique city, and not just according to Kazakhstan standards. It is the only city in the world that "lives" on "artificial" water - seawater desalinated by special equipment. And equipment itself uses energy produced by the nuclear reactor.

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Kok Tobe, the sightseeing platform in Almaty

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To get a detailed view of the largest megalopolis in the country from above, you have neither to order a helicopter nor to search for the entrance to the roofs of the highest skyscrapers at all. To take a cable car at Abay square will be enough. Within ten minutes of ride you’ll see our southern...

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Almaty: the winter tale

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I can say nothing about the today’s capital of Kazakhstan, but the former one – Almaty – is lovely at any time of the year. Including winter. Despite the languishing epithet “south”, given to the city, and that it is situated in the same latitude with Istanbul, Rome, Barcelona, and New-York,...

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Taldykorgan - Taldy - Paris

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Taldykorgan is a special city. Locals call it often Taldy - Paris. What can have in common two completely different cities? It turns out that here is an invisible connection. Paris and Taldykorgan pass exactly through the 45th degree of north latitude. At this point common ends and the...

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Semey - seven chambers on a new way

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The amazing story of this city is fascinating. Semey (Semipalatinsk) was founded in 1716 thanks to the decree of Peter the Great on the protection of the eastern lands. It was built on the right side of the Irtysh River, fortress was named "Seven chambers" because in 16 versts from it were “...

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Kostanay - the granary of the country

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Kostanay is the administrative center of Kostanai region, which is famous for huge harvests of crops; it is located on the Tobol River on the north of Turgay plateau.

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Kokshetau - city on the blue mountains

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Kokshetau means literally "Blue Mountain” in translation from Kazakh, it is located in a beautiful place - on the lakesides of the artificial lake Copa, on the north Kokshetau hill.

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Altai: -40°C

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Located in close proximity to the Siberian anticyclone zone, Altai even in its most westerly – Kazakhstani – part undergoes all the charms of Arctic winters. And although -40°С is not minimal, it is just the temperature that the author had to experience first-hand. The snapshots that you see...

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Astana, the young capital of Kazakhstan

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Astana is the young capital of Kazakhstan, nearly the youngest one of all the world capitals. And though the city itself that changed several names is not so young, it’s because of becoming the capital it flourished and was transformed into an ultramodern capital of the new independent...

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