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  Contemplating the present and the past
by TheWanderingCamel

All the capital cities of the old Soviet Union staged huge parades in a massive square watched by the Party leaders and their apparachiks from a central podium. Almaty was no exception but now the square is named for the Republic (Respublika Algany) and, although the podium is still there, the monuments that adorn the space celebrate Kazakh history.

A tall column in the centre - the Monument to Independence - is topped with a replica of the famous Golden Warrior, so symbolic of Kazakh pride in their past, and there are large bas-reliefs depicting the great moments in the country's history and some nice sculptures of an old-style Kazakh man and woman.

The Presidential Residence - known as the White House - is on the square, and the State Museum is nearby.

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  • Written May 7, 2005
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