Almaty Tour from Architectural Angle
Understand how Almaty developed in the last 130 years, from the Verny period through the Stalin era and on to the Avenue of Oligarchs where the elite class lives. Finally, head to Shymbulak, Central Asia’s largest ski resort.
Dating from 19th to early 20th century, the historical center of Almaty from the Verny period combines a mixture of well-preserved and modern architectures such as Voznesenski Orthodox Cathedral, Museum of Kazakh Folk Instruments, Kyzyl-Tan Trading House, French Consulate building and a college museum named after the governor.From 1930 to 1957, the Russian Empire’s influence can be seen with Stalinki architectures along the Golden Square. Admire Abay Theatre, Science Academy and Almaty Railway Station. On Raiymbek Street, you will see Crushevki houses, built from 1958 to 1964 by a leader of the USSR communistic party. Have more in-depth cultural look as you visit the M. Auezov Metro, M. Auezov Theatre, Almaty Circus, A. Kasteyev Art Museum and Aksai-Zhetisu Microdistrict. Elite-class architectures shine on the Avenue of Oligarchs. Here, you will trudge the Villa dei Fiori Complex, Nurly-Tau, Esentai Park Complex and Zhailau Golf Resort. For a different perspective, continue outside the city to the Shymbulak Ski Resort. Spanning over 3,000 feet of vertical drop and 7.5 miles of ski runs at 2,200 meters above the sea level, Shymbulk is a masterful feat of architecture.