The 10 Best Things to Do in Karaganda, Kazakhstan

January 13, 2018 Terina Blouin

Karaganda or Qaraghandy (Kazakh: Qaraǵandy [qɑɾɑˈʁɑndə] ( listen)) is the capital of Karaganda Region in the Republic of Kazakhstan. It is the fourth most populous city in Kazakhstan, behind Almaty (Alma-Ata), Astana and Shymkent. Population: 459,778 (2009 Census results); 436,864 (1999 Census results).
Restaurants in Karaganda

1. Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima

Shahterov ave, 32, Karaganda 100026, Kazakhstan
Excellent
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5 based on 38 reviews

Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima

Reviewed By GLBonora - Ferrara, Italy

The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima erected in Karaganda and opened in september 2012, is the biggest Cathedral in Central Asia. Many countries helped build it and donations have been received not only from Kazakhstan but also from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, America and even South Africa. The Cathedral was initially meant to “become a memorial to victims of Karlag (Karaganda labor camp of Stalinist era), a place of prayer for the victims of the totalitarian regime.
Construction of the Cathedral in Karaganda started in 2003.

2. KarLag / Museum of Political Repression Victims’ Memory of the Dolinka Settlement

Shkolnaya St, 15 | Dolinka Village, Karaganda, Kazakhstan +7 721 565 8222
Excellent
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

KarLag / Museum of Political Repression Victims’ Memory of the Dolinka Settlement

Reviewed By Burdenkov - Minsk, Belarus

Such places should be promoted in a more active way so people remember the atrocities of the regime against its own people!

3. Monument Mining Glory

Bukhar Zhyrau Avenue, Karaganda, Kazakhstan
Excellent
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5 based on 28 reviews

Monument Mining Glory

Reviewed By Ken H - Australia

As I am also an underground miner I like to visit monuments and places that respect the hard work that we put in under the ground. This is situated at the entrance to a huge park in the city centre.

4. Independence Stele

Bukhar-Zhyrau Ave., Karaganda, Kazakhstan
Excellent
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Independence Stele

Reviewed By Howarth S - Worcestershire, United Kingdom

Seen from a distance, this makes a useful marker of where you are in this large city. The gold eagle at the top is a national symbol of Kazakhstan and this monument marks the independence of the country on 16 December 1991; the last Soviet republic to declare independence.

5. Regional Central Mosque

Shakhtyorov Ave. 28/1, Karaganda 100422, Kazakhstan +7 721 277 1747
Excellent
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Regional Central Mosque

Reviewed By Nicolae S - Ljubljana, Bohinj, Slovenia

Karaganda is the main city of Qaragandhy region and what differentiate the place of other cities is this multicultural environment. A lot of nationalities, a lot religions, a lot of languages. There are two main mosques in Karaganda, a old one, quite small, and a new one, really impressive by location and dimensions. This mosque is located in South-Eastern part of the city, in a green, big park. Here quite often they organise weddings and funeral as well. The service is interesting and held sometime in both languages (Kazakh and Russia) by different priests.

6. Karaganda Regional Museum

Erybaeva Street, Karaganda, Kazakhstan +7 721 256 5889
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Karaganda Regional Museum

Reviewed By StarryKozel - Almaty, Kazakhstan

Situated in the centre of the city of Karaganda, this small museum is acceptably well-organised and covers the full spectrum of local interest from anthropological and natural history to cultural, social and development of the city and region. The early part of the last century was its darkest hour and this is truthfully represented with a fine history of the Stalin 'Gulag' period, of local significance because of Karlag labour camp which finally closed in 1953. Karaganda citizens are legacy to this period with many cosmopolitan names making up the current populace, especially German. The museum concludes with information about the present day Republic. The displays are well done although the building itself is somewhat austere, particularly inside. Entry fee is modest and well worth the cost. Attendants ensure that you follow the right 'path' through the displays.

7. Vvedenskiy Cathedral

Gapeyeva, 1A, Karaganda, Kazakhstan +7 721 231 6075
Excellent
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Vvedenskiy Cathedral

Reviewed By JGDynamo - Halifax Region, Canada

We saw the Vvedenskiy Cathedral in Karaganda from a ways away and the steeple attracted us to check it out. The building is lovely and there was a crowd out front, possibly a service had just gotten out but we were permitted to go inside where we said a quick prayer and made a donation to the poor box. Very beautiful Cathedral and worth it to help your soul.

8. Monument to Expression Gde-Gde? V Karagande!

Abdirova Ave., Karaganda, Kazakhstan +7 721 251 8920
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Monument to Expression Gde-Gde? V Karagande!

Reviewed By Ken H - Australia

This monument is something along the lines of "where is Karaganda?" (If I remember rightly) Anyway it happened to be in the corner garden of a restaurant we ate at so it was found totally randomly.

9. Central Park of Culture and Rest

Voinov-Internatsionalistov St., Karaganda 100008, Kazakhstan
Excellent
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Central Park of Culture and Rest

Reviewed By Stijn_75 - Brussels, Belgium

Nice park arond a small but artificial lake - many attractions for children - quiet and peaceful athmoshpere

10. Shakhtyor Stadium

Kazahstanskaya St. 1, Karaganda, Kazakhstan
Excellent
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4 based on 24 reviews

Shakhtyor Stadium

Reviewed By JGDynamo - Halifax Region, Canada

Our first day in Karaganda we went with acquaintances to Shakhtyor Stadium to see the Kairat vs Shaktar in the Kazakhstan Cup Semi-finals football match. The stadium was full and it was a lively bunch. We had a good time watching the match, played on the birthday of legendary “Shakhtar” Paul Maulenovich, even though the home side lost 4-1, a first minute goal by Kairat team didn’t help for sure. Easy stadium to get around and entry is quick and fluid, usual rowdy fans but mostly easy-going and everyone just shouting and having fun.

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