Out & About in Atyrau ….

My new contract sees me coming and going from the city of Atyrau.
Atyrau is an oil rich region situated on the Western side of Kazakhstan and on the shores of the Caspian Sea. It’s also a transcontinental city with one side being in Europe and the other in Asia. You can walk between the two by crossing the bridge over the Ural River which can be a fun way to spend 5 seconds!

I thought I would take you on a tour of Atyrau over the coming months, starting with a few sights local to my hotel.

First up is the Blue Mosque or by it’s proper name The Manjali Mosque.

The Blue Mosque

Next is the Russian Orthodox Church which always looks beautiful when the sun shines.

Russian_Orthodox_Church

This is a very Communist style statue of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Nazarbayev has been President since Kazakhstan broke away from the former Soviet Union in 1990.

Nazerbayev

Finally here is a depiction of two great warriors, Isatai Taimanov and Makhambet Utemisov in Makhambet Square. Over 200 hundred years ago they fought for Kazakhstans independence, although I’m not 100% sure who from at that point! One carries a sword and the other a Dombra, which a traditional stringed instrument similar to a guitar.

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