"Almaty City" Almaty Favorite Tip by ianrmillard

Almaty Favorites: 14 reviews and 18 photos

  the theatre and ballet building on Lenina
by ianrmillard

Fondest memory: The beautiful clean green prospekts and avenues (a legacy of Russian Imperial and Soviet power), lined with green trees; the colourful summer-only cafes, the beautiful, long-legged girls in short skirts.

There are a number of quite striking late Soviet buildings in Almaty, which was a bit of a showcase city in the 1970's and 1980's (the TU-144 'Concordski' was scheduled to travel the Moscow to Alma-Ata route).

I have to admit, it used to annoy me when smug English and American persons were always negative about the city, its buildings and habits. Having lived in New York and New Jersey, I think those people should clean up their own cities first (and improve their educational/cultural level while they are about it!)...As for the young Englishman (a language student and my temporary assistant, actually) who compared Almaty unfavourably to the nondescript North Midlands English town of Nottingham, well, words fail me!

Whatever one may say of these buildings, they are not the worst of modern architecture; the theatre and ballet building on Lenina, for instance

The Republican Palace of Schoolchildren (in Soviet times, the Palace of Young Pioneers
or the Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences

Even in these not so sharp scanned photos and postcards it can be seen that this is a city with a lot of potential.

Even the less prominent Soviet public buildings are often quite pleasant and even somewhat noble, compared to many late 20thC buildings in places like London or New York.

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  • Updated May 31, 2003
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