The first stop for any tourist in Almaty is Paniflov Park. It's right in the middle of town, near the downtown shopping and markets. There, we found one of the oldest buildings in the city, Zenkov Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox cathedral (the colorful building in the back).
Much of the park is filled with memorials for the two World Wars. We happened to stop by while a vet was proudly getting his picture taken.
Closer to our hotel, we found the newly dedicated Park of the 1st President of Kazakhstan. (Note that he is the 1st and thus far only president.) The first time we went there was at night and it was quite lively.
Troy wandered back there during the day to take more photos.
It's tough to capture the whole thing, but it's a 2-level fountain, with these recreations of rock art under the 2nd level.
Presumably the 2nd level will have water flowing where you see those large rocks on the "steps." They're pretty good about keeping public places clean by sweeping daily.
Next stop: Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, the school that hosted our summer seminar, although we did not meet at the school. If you click on that link, check out those mortar boards! Here is Al-Farabi, the scholar himself in front of some of the newest campus buildings:
Note the Soviet-era building right next door. Can you see a difference in architectural style?
No tour of Kazakhstan would be complete without a sighting of the Golden Man. He's not so golden here on the Independence Monument, but he's been dressed up with some weapons and a flying snow leopard... apparently he's supposed to look like a rocket.
The Independence square has several statues and is a required place to get wedding photos. Couples drive around town all day getting their photos at all the major attractions.
Finally, we have the National Museum of history, housed in one of the last public buildings erected during Soviet times.