Nomads of the Steppe
Nomads of the Steppe
Aktau Airport is an airport in Aktau Kazakhstan situated in 20 km from city center.
The capacity was 450 passengers per hour and the total area of 13,400 m2, including the area occupied by the VIP and CIP halls. For the comfort and safety of passengers the terminal is equipped with the latest means of protection and security, as well as electronic and electromechanical systems. These include passenger telescopic ladders, racks of electronic registration, HVAC (heating and cooling system), FIDS (Alert System departures on the electronic scoreboard), X-ray scanners, CCTV, lifts and escalators.
Aerodrome Aktau class B can receive aircraft AN-124, Boeing-747-200, IL-76 and lighter, as well as helicopters of all types.
In the picturesque park of 28 guards - Panfilov of the city of Almaty, there is a unique architectural monument - the Zenkov Cathedral (Ascension Cathedral). This historical monument is considered one of the main attractions of the city. The initiators of the construction of the temple were the bishops of Turkestan and Tashkent at the very beginning of the 19th century. The best engineers and architects took over the project. In 1903, the project was approved and from 1904 to 1907 the construction of the cathedral continued. Zenkov supervised all the works, he was at the time the chief architect of the city of Almaty.
A distinctive feature of this timber construction is that it was erected using an ancient technology - virtually nailless.
In 1910 the town of Verny (this is what it was called at the time and was renamed to Almaty later) was struck by a natural disaster - a strong earthquake. Almost all the buildings in the area were destroyed, but the Zenkov Cathedral was not damaged. The building survived thanks to its construction technology.
But the earthquake is not the only disaster the cathedral has seen. The period of Soviet power became a real test for the temple. In 1927, the government issued a decree to close the shrine.
Until 1994, the building of the Zenkov Cathedral in Almaty was used for non-religious purposes and has long been the central museum of Kazakhstan.
In 1995, the authorities of the Republic decided to restore the building to its religious importance and, after restoration work, Orthodox services began to be held in the cathedral again. Since then and to this day, the temple has been a sanctuary for hundreds of Christians and a magnificent landmark of the city.
The Zharkent mosque is a grandiose building of the 19th century; its architecture combines the motives of Central Asian and Chinese architecture. The main building material for the construction of the temple was wood - logs of the Tien Shan spruce, which were delivered to Zharkent from the Aksu and Ketmen mountains. This structure is already over 120 years old (the museum itself claims that mosques are 130 years old, if you keep a record from the beginning of construction, that is, from 1887), but it still causes surprise for all people who see it for the first time. And all because it was made very unusual - in the Chinese style, made of wood. Its architect is Shanghai master Hun Pete.