Walking around the squares of Almaty
New Square, central square of Kazakhstan
Republic Square, also known as Independence Square or New Square, is a square in Almaty. The former Presidential Palace of Kazakhstan is located on its southern side of the square. The time of completion of the construction of the square is 1980. The Monument of Independence of Kazakhstan is located on the square.
Republic Square (New Square) – how to get there
Republic Square is located in Bostandyk district and Medeu district in Almaty, Kazakhstan. GPS coordinates of Republic Square in Almaty: 43°14'18"N 76°56'43"E
Republic Square (Independence Square) – history
The Republic Square was decided to be created by Dinmukhammad Kunayev, the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan. Due to the increase in the population of Almaty, the area of Astana could not meet the demand. In 1980, the square was officially opened to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the city. At that time it was called Brezhnev Square (named after Leonid Brezhnev). The area is planted with deciduous plants, as well as pine and cypress trees. In 1981, Dean Muhammad Kunaev and party employees planted 70 Xueling fir trees along the pedestrian zone.
In 2007, an underground shopping and entertainment center began to be built on the square. Due to the construction area, 60% of the territory was closed with fences, a large number of snow-covered fir trees were cut down, and vehicle access was limited. In 2012, the construction of the underground shopping center was completed.
Republic Square in Almaty