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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty is the former capital of Kazakhstan and its largest city situated in the southeastern part of the country at the foot of Zailiski Ala-Tau mountain. The city was founded in 1854 when the Russians established Zailiyskoye military fortification that was later renamed Verny on the site of the destroyed ancient settlement.

The word “Almaty” translates as “father of apple trees” thus the symbol of the city is an apple and apple orchards thrive in abundance at a short distance from the city.

Although Almaty is not the capital anymore, it is home to the Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences, numerous research institutes. It encompasses many unique museums, theaters, an opera house and Pushkin State Public Library. The green city also boasts many parks including the popular Panfilov Park, a botanical garden, a zoo and several stadiums.

Among the highlights of the city is the apple monument depicting the Almaty's symbol. The beautiful yellow Voznesensky cathedral as well as the Alma-Ata city mosque are also worth a visit. The Respublika Alany is a beautiful square renown for opening gorgeous views of the mountains.

To get the best view of the city take a cable-car ride up to the Kok-Tobe and see the mountains and vineyards. Almaty is also a world-renowned sports center that has high-quality ski slopes.

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