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Shopping in Almaty

Almaty is a well planned city of Kazakhstan with clean and clear roads and broad highways. Almaty city is full of supermarkets, hypermarkets and entire trade centers, these huge shopping centers appear everywhere in Almaty city, where you can buy practically any product, equipment, clothing and accessories. Some large shopping centers have been already open, and the construction of new ones is under way. One of the largest shopping center on the territory of Almaty is the Shopping Mall MEGA, where besides food supermarket, boutiques and salons you can find some cafes, ides and movie hall. Here you can buy all international brands for our family and friends But the grandest one is the Shopping Mall MAXIMA, which is placed on the area of 35 hectares and which can be called by right the shopping mini-town. Besides food supermarket and plenty of boutiques, it has cinema, bowling, billiard room, skating rink, some restaurants, cafes and bars, children’s playground, internet café, hairdresse

The Central Gorky Park

Central Gorky Park is Almaty’s biggest recreational park. There is something for everyone, as here you can go to the cinema, funfair, aqua park or sit down at one of the cafés to relax.

Big Almaty Lake

Big Almaty Lake can be reached by car, bus (bus 28), mountain bike or by foot. By car it’s only 30-40 minutes, so we choose that option. The lake sits at 2500 meters above sea level in the Big Almaty Gorge. What makes this lake special is that the colour changes depending on the weather and the time of year. During our visit the lake had a deep turquoise colour, but it can also have an emerald green hue. The surrounding forest makes it even more spectacular.

The colourful Zenkov Cathedral

At the heart of Panfilov Park you can visit the colourful Zenkov Cathedral, also known as Ascension Cathedral. The cathedral is one of Almaty’s few surviving tsarist-era buildings. Completely built entirely of wood, the cathedral was designed by AP Zenkov in 1904 and is still a functioning Russian Orthodox Church.  

The Central Mosque Almaty

Central Mosque located in downtown Almaty is built in the Timurid style of architecture and accommodates up to 7,000 worshippers. The large turquoise-blue dome visible from quite a distance beckons the faithful to prayer five times a day. As you get closer, you will begin to notice how refreshingly different the white marble mosque looks from all the grey Soviet-style architecture around the city. The 5 tall, blue-topped minarets, the calligraphy on the exterior facades, the slender archways, and the long, meandering path to the entrance flanked by grassy patches, will all captivate your senses before the richly carved stonework inside blows the remainder of your mind away.

The Kazakh Museum of Folk Musical Instruments

Located at Panfilov Park, this impressive wooden building was built in 1908, at the same time as Zenkov Cathedral. Here you can can see and hear a fine collection of traditional Kazakh instruments, such as bagpipes, wooden harps and horns, but it’s also possible to take a class to play one of these instruments.