In the center of Almaty, in a small space surrounding the perimeter of the current Astana Square, there are a number of buildings that can help to get an idea of how the unique architectural appearance of the metropolis was born.

Soon after the capital of Kazakhstan was moved from Kyzyl-Orda to Alma-Ata, in the late 1920s – early 1930s, the government center of the republic was established on the former Cossack Square.

Today, during the city holidays, an improvised stage is installed on the square, where pop groups perform during folk festivals. In the center of the square, adjacent to the Government House on the north side, there is a monument to Manshuk Mametova and Aliya Moldagulova, heroines who died during the Great Patriotic War. The green spaces of the square are formed in the correct French regular style, having strict geometric proportions, emphasizing the monumentality of the building of the Kazakh-British Technical University.

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