UNESCO Releases Videos Featuring Popular Destinations of Central Asia

NUR-SULTAN – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Cluster Office in Almaty released four guided travel videos showcasing popular destinations of Central Asian cities, reported the office’s press service.

Assel Iskakova, tour guide, standing in front of Almaty-based Zenkov Cathedral. Photo credit: press service of UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty

A series of videos about landmarks of Almaty, Osh, Bukhara and Dushanbe is aimed at inspiring local guides to create content on the cultural and natural heritage of the Silk Roads. It was produced as a part of the “Silk Road Heritage Corridors in Afghanistan, Central Asia and Iran – International Dimension of the European Year of Cultural Heritage” project. 

In the video about Almaty, Assel Iskakova, a graduate of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) and UNESCO educational programs on tourism, leads viewers through four city sites.

The first one is the archaeological landscape of Tanbaly, where more than 5,000 petroglyphs (rock carvings) dating from the second half of the second millennium BC to the beginning of the 20th century were found in the late 1950s. It has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2004.

Archaeological landscape of Tanbaly. Photo credit: press service of UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty

Built in 1933, the Abai State Opera and Ballet Theater (GATOB) has been chosen as the second landmark because it is one of the most unique buildings in the city, which blends elements of Soviet architecture with Kazakh ornaments.

Following the theater, Assel explores Zenkov Cathedral (also known as Ascension Cathedral), which is considered to be one of the tallest wooden churches in the world with a height of 54 meters. 

Zenkov Cathedral (also known as Ascension Cathedral). Photo credit: press service of UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty

The next stop is the Ykhlas Museum of Kazakh Folk Instruments with nine rooms presenting more than 60 types of national musical instruments as well as the musical history of the people of Asia, Europe, and Africa.

Ykhlas Museum of Kazakh Folk Instruments. Photo credit: press service of UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty

Assel ends the city tour with House 36 at Baribayev street, which was built more than 70 years ago. The Soviet building has been transformed into a creative co-working space, which also serves as an art venue for some cultural events.


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