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Semipalatinsk City Tour (Semey)

Tours to the cities of East Kazakhstan

Sights of Semey

Semey (Semipalatinsk), the administrative center of the Abaysky district since June 8, 2022. The city is located on both banks of the Irtysh River. Its area is 27.5 thousand square meters, including rural districts. From 1782 to 1997 it was the center of the Semipalatinsk region. The geographical center of the Eurasian supercontinent has been determined 40 km west of Semey at the intersection of the 500° latitude and 800° longitude lines from Greenwich on Mount Degelen. In Kazakhstan, the city is considered the cultural capital, as many of its residents are the founders of Kazakh culture and art. Semey has a special status of the "Historical center of Kazakhstan".

Semipalatinsk was founded in 1718, Peter I issued a decree on the construction of fortifications in the eastern part of the country and in the Irtysh region, construction lasted from 1714 to 1720. In 1718, the Semipalatinsk Fortress was "fully armed and approved" under the supervision of Lieutenant Colonel P. Stupin.

Sights of the Semey city: One-minaret mosque - Master Gabulla Efendi, XIX century. 2nd half, the mosque is working. Two–minaret mosque - architect Bolbatov, engineer lieutenant Manashev, 1856 – 1862. The XIX century is an example of Muslim architecture. The mosque was built according to a Turkish project at the expense of a Tatar merchant, the mosque is working. Tynybai Mosque - Tynybai Kaukenov, 30-40 years of the XIX century. Yamysh Gate - The Western Yamysh Gate, preserved from the three gates of the fortress, was built in 1773. The gates and their walls were built under the supervision of engineer-Captain I. G. Andreev. Yamysh gate - XVIII century. (1776) Nevzorov Family Museum – (former merchant Stepanov's house), 1827 After the revolution, the building housed private state institutions. The building of the Local History Museum (former Governor's House) - 1856 The name of the architect is unknown. Before the revolution, the building housed a military governor. The building of the Dostoevsky Literary Memorial House-museum (the house of the former postman Lipukhin, where the writer F. M. Dostoevsky lived in 1857-1859) was built in 1838. The museum complex consists of a 1.5-storey wooden house. Built in the Burgher style. One of the typical houses of ancient Semipalatinsk. 3 rooms in the basement, 4 rooms upstairs, XIX century. It consists of a dining room, a living room, an office and a bedroom. The rooms are low – 2.45 m. The windows of the first floor are covered with lids. Aniyar Moldabayev's house (Alash Lions), where Abai lived. The end of the XIX century. Memorial "Stronger than Death" - On August 29, 1991, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.A. Nazarbayev signed a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 2001, a monument "Stronger than Death" to the victims of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site was erected on the Colonel's Island in Semipalatinsk. The author of the monument project is Shota Valikhanov. Suspension bridge over the Irtysh River in 2000. It opened on October 17. The project for the construction of a suspension bridge across the Irtysh River was proposed by a Japanese company and the office of the akim of the East Kazakhstan region. The building of the Republican Literary and Memorial Museum of Abai - 1860. The State Literary and Memorial Museum of Abai in Semey, 1940. It was built for the 95th anniversary of the birth of Abai. Victory Memorial – On May 9, 1985, on the 40th anniversary of the victory of the Soviet people over Nazi Germany, a monument to the Semipalatinsk people who died during the Great Patriotic War was erected in the Central Park.

  • Distance of the route: 20 km
  • Season time: all season
  • Best time: spring summer autumn
  • Group size: 1-10
  • Days & nights: 1 day

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Comments 2

  1. Александр
    Александр — 14 September 2023 14:02
    Добрый день. Хотел узнать можно ли организовать мини-экскурсию по Семею во вторник 19го сентября.
    1. Rinat
      Rinat — 16 September 2023 03:33
      Александр здравствуйте,
      Спасибо за ваш комментарий, организовать экскурсии Семею мы сможем. Я ответил вам на вашу почту которую вы указали.
      С уважением,

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