Almaty City is the largest and former capital city of Kazakhstan. It is a Soviet-style city that is known to house the magnificent Central Mosque, established in July 1999. Constructed to accommodate about 7,000 visitors, this relatively very young mosque is one of the biggest in the country. It is truly a majestic structure with marble and glazed tile decorations throughout, following the national colors and motifs of Kazakhstan. The mosque’s most prominent feature is its brilliant blue dome that is 20 meters in diameter and 36 meters in height. Beside the dome is an even taller minaret, measuring at 47 meters high. The Almaty landscape is littered with synagogues, Buddhist temples and other cultural structures.
Almaty is still the leading commercial center in Kazakhstan, despite losing its status as capital city in 1997 to Astana, although Almaty is still commonly referred to as the southern capital. Also known as Alma-Ata, Almaty has a huge population of more than 1,300,000 [Read more…]