From 1929 to 1997, Almaty was the last capital and the largest city of the Kazakh SSR, then it became the first capital and largest metropolis of modern Kazakhstan. In 1997, in accordance with the presidential decree “on declaring Astana as the capital of the Republic”, Almaty was granted the status of a city of national significance and the southern capital of the Republic. During the tour, you will get acquainted with the history of the city and its main attractions.
The tour begins with a visit to the Museum of history of Almaty, located in the former building of the Vernensky orphanage. The Museum’s exposition is represented by more than 40 thousand exhibits divided into 11 eras. Then we will go to get acquainted with such culturally significant objects of the southern capital, as well as get acquainted with the “new” part of the city. After exploring the new part of the city, we will return to the old city and visit the main square of the city, Republic Square. This is a place for festive processions, celebrations, sports events, parades, folk festivals. Then we will go to the lower part of the city. On the way you can see the Central Mosque of Almaty. Further along the route is the Park named after 28-guards-Panfilov. The Park is a memorial, was founded in 1942 in memory of the feat performed by 28 Panfilov heroes in the defense of Moscow from the Germans during the Great Patriotic war. In the Park, we will visit one of the highest wooden churches in the world – the Holy Ascension Cathedral. In the continuation of the tour, we will go to the Museum of national musical instruments. The Museum has more than 1000 exhibits, more than 60 types of Kazakh folk musical instruments are collected here. At the end of the tour, we will visit one of the oldest markets – the Green Bazaar. It was built 141 years ago – in 1875, when the city of Almaty was still called Verniy.