Kazakhstan Knowledge and Culture

Kasakher in traditional herb in the 1860s

Art in Kazakhstan Characteristic of the decorative style of the Kazakhs are symmetrically arranged, large stylized plants and symbols, e.g. sheep horns, camel tracks and snake heads. The patterns could also include simple genre scenes or individual representations of shoes, sandals or a mosque. The first Kazakh artist, Chakan Valikhanov (1835-65), made drawings and watercolors of landscapes, daily life, folk and portraits. Ukrainian artist Taras Shevchenko lived in exile in…

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Kazakhstan Arts and Literature

Kazakhstan Arts and Literature

Literature Hero songs, fairy tales and legends are the origin of Kazakh literature. The motif of the song-cat was developed by the acynes, the bards, who seemed to speak orally in the villages and with the big men. In the poetry of Abaj Kunanbaev, the Akyn tradition was renewed in the 19th century. through his encounter with Russian literature and classical Western philosophy. Abaj also made many records of the…

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Kazakhstan Sightseeing Places

Kazakhstan Landmarks

Geography Kazakhstan, between the Volga plain in the west and the Altai in the east, is the world’s ninth largest country and the largest landlocked country with more than 2.7 million square kilometers. The country is bordered in the north and west by Russia, in the south by Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and in the east by China. The Caspian Sea is located in the southwest of Kazakhstan. The West…

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Kazakhstan

Nursultan, formerly Astana

Kazakhstan is a republic and inland state of Asia bordering Russia in the north, China in the east, and Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan in the south. The largest group of people is Kazakhs. There is also a large group of Russians living in Kazakhstan, as well as a number of other minorities. Kaskahstan has the largest economy of the Central Asian countries, mainly due to oil extraction. The country’s history extends…

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Geography of Kazakhstan

2.7 million square kilometers

Kazakhstan extends 1700 km from north to south and 3000 km from east to west. Most of the republic consists of plains, but in the southeast and east higher mountains penetrate. The vast lowland surrounding the Caspian Sea in the north consists of an almost completely flat plain, which is largely below sea level. Two countersinks, 131 muh. and 70 muh., is lower than the surface of the Caspian Sea…

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Architecture in Kazakhstan

The yurts

In the first half of the 19th century, Russian forts were erected which gradually developed into cities. In the northern and eastern parts of the country, the cities consisted of a fort, a Cossack village (stanitsa) , a tatar settlement and the city itself. In southern Kazakhstan, the cities often consisted of two parts: a traditional old town and a European-influenced district with wide streets and squares. Public buildings were…

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