The 8 Best Things to Do in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan

March 23, 2018 Stefan Strunk

Coordinates: 52°18′N 76°57′E / 52.300°N 76.950°E / 52.300; 76.950 Pavlodar (Kazakh and Russian: Павлодар) is a city in northeastern Kazakhstan and the capital of Pavlodar Region. It is located 450 km northeast of the national capital Astana, and 405 km southeast of the Russian city of Omsk along the Irtysh River. As of 2010, the city has a population of 331,710. The population of Pavlodar is composed predominantly of ethnic Russians and Kazakhs with significant Ukrainian, German and Tatar minorities. The city is served by Pavlodar Airport.
Restaurants in Pavlodar

1. Mashkhur-Jusup Mosque

Kairbaeva St., 107, Pavlodar, Kazakhstan +7 718 254 5353
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Mashkhur-Jusup Mosque

Архитектурное сооружение мечети имени Машхура Жусупа поражает воображение красотой и величием. Главную мечеть города видно с разных концов города. Небесного цвета купол в виде шанырака венчает золотой полумесяц, устремленные ввысь голубые минареты и величественная лестница - отличают новую мечеть. Здание мечети представляет восьмиконечную звезду размером 48Х48 метра, высота минаретов - 63 метра, высота купола с полумесяцом - 54 метра. Украшение мечети - хрустальная люстра «Зумрад» с 434 лампочками, изготовленная в Ташкенте. Мечеть расположена в центре Павлодара и архитектурно, если смотреть от основания лестницы, похожа на распахнутое сердце, открытое для мира и добр

Reviewed By GLBonora - Ferrara, Italy

The mosque named after Mashkhur Zhusup (1857–1931) was completed in 2001. It is inside a 6-hectare park with gates on Kutuzov, Krivenko and Kayrbaev streets and is one of the largest mosques in Kazakhstan. It was named after Mashkhur Zhusup, who is now considered to be one of the most important figures of Kazakh Islam in the second half of the 19th-first half of the 20th centuries. He was the author of several printed works, but he also left a number of manuscripts. One of his main areas of activity was the collection and recording of Kazakh oral traditions. He transcribed numerous oral epics, and he possibly was the first person to write down Kazakh historical and genealogical traditions in his region. He was also the author of numerous original works: epic poems devoted the Islamic prophets and figures from early Islamic history; verse works devoted to the Islamic sciences; autobiographical works; praise poems for local figures; and travel or pilgrimage poems. After his death he was venerated as a saint and over the years thousands of pilgrims have visited his tomb. In popular belief still current today, it is thought that skin contact with his tomb is sufficient to ensure salvation or recovery from illness.
The building is an eight-pointed star measuring 48 by 48 meters, with room for up to 1500 worshippers. The minaret is 63 meters tall, while the half-moon cupola is 54 meters in height. The mosque’s sky-blue cupola was built to resemble a yurt in shape. The cupola over the men’s prayer room, which holds 1200 people, measures 33 meters in height and 30 meters in diameter. The mosque covers a total surface of 7240 m². The main building’s two floors and minarets are made of brick, while the cupola has a metal substructure. The Sumbar rock-crystal chandelier whose 434 light bulbs illuminate the interior of the mosque was manufactured in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. From an architectural point of view, the mosque is meant to resemble a heart, open to peace, kindness and good will.
The first floor holds the madrassa classrooms, a prayer room for women with space for up to 300 worshippers, auxiliary spaces adjacent to the prayer room, a room with ablution facilities for ritual purification, and a checkroom. The room used to celebrate weddings is separated from the refectory by moveable partitions so the two can be joined together to form a single large space. The second floor has a balconied prayer room with space for 1200 people, a museum of Islamic culture, a library, a video room, washrooms and some big halls. The main entryway to the mosque is located on the building’s second floor.

2. Cathedral of the Annunciation

Embankment of River Irtysh, Pavlodar, Kazakhstan
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Cathedral of the Annunciation

Reviewed By GLBonora - Ferrara, Italy

The decision to build the Church of the Annunciation in Pavlodar was taken on May 17, 1990. Work began in 1993 and was completed in 1999. Over fifty companies and organizations in the city of Pavlodar and the regions of Pavlodar and Ust’ kamonogorsk in Kazakhstan, and the Russian Federation regions of Moscow, Omsk, Novosibirsk and Cheljabinsk contributed to the success of the undertaking.
The bell tower contains nine bells, whose total weight is 1024 kilograms. The windows of the church were made and subsequently set in place by master craftspeople from Tomsk. It was decided by the Akim of the Pavlodar region, D.K. Akhmetov, “in relation to the special supplementary list of architecture and monumental art subject to state protection”, that the Church-Cathedral of the Annunciation should obtain the status of historic and cultural monument of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The church stands on the banks of the Irtysh River, and contributes to forming an enchanting view of the city. Its grounds and the buildings adjacent to it extend along the entire upper bank of the Irtysh, reaching the point where in the past there were only empty lots. As part of the sanctuary complex, a public park has been created next to the vast church square.
The Church of the Annunciation, directly inspired by the most important church in Moscow’s Kremlin, is a five-cupola church built as a Greek cross on whose east-west axis we find the narthex (at the west end), followed by the main body of the church (nave) and then the sanctuary (altar), while on the shorter north-south axis there are side chapels which enlarge the central space. The nave has six pillars, four set in the corners, and is covered by a large cupola. The first space on the east-west axis opens onto the church porch and its adjacent bell tower. There are three hemispheric apses in the church’s eastern façade. The bell tower differs from other historic ones that can be found in the region. It is a rectangular-plan building, set on a north-south axis; the church porch, in front of the entry portal, forms its first unroofed floor. Internal staircases built on both sides of the tambour, lead to the floor above, where the bell-ringing chamber is located. Topped by a semi-cylindrical vaulted roof, the chamber resembles a shield placed in front of the massive body of the church, although it is slightly lower in height than the cornice of the church proper. The Church of the Annunciation was the first in northern Kazakhstan to have such a complex, varied set of bells. The three small cupolas set atop the arch of the belfry chamber carry the eye upwards, so that the overall architectural structure and all its elements, (the body of the church with its five large cupolas, the side chapels, topped with cupolas and narrow ogee windows) – everything, from the bottega to the corners of the nave and the chapels – seem to soar. A large luminous tambour, crowned by a second onion-shaped dome crowns the church cupola. Above the cornice on the nave and side chapels a series of decorative projecting, stepped architectural elements confer vivacity and movement to the uniformity of the straight lines of the walls and perimetric towers. These ornamental motifs, typical of Russian Orthodox church-architecture, also decorate the base of the tambour ser atop the main body of the church, on which the corner cupolas rest.
The Church of the Annunciation is an extraordinary feat of engineering and is one of the most beautiful recently constructed religious buildings in Kazakhstan. It is both an important cultural and spiritual center for the city of Pavlodar.

3. Batyr Mall

Kamzina St., 67/1, Pavlodar 140001, Kazakhstan +7 718 266 1570
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Batyr Mall

Shopping and entertainment center "Batyr Mall" - is a huge infrastructural complex, which includes shops of famous brands, cafes and restaurants, an ice arena, a bowling alley, a cinema, a family amusement park, outdoor amusement park, point of hire of catamarans, a skate park, a spacious parking lot and the largest hypermarket in the town of Greenwich.

4. A. Chekhov Regional Drama Theatre

Lenina 166, Pavlodar 140000, Kazakhstan +7 718 261 8087
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

A. Chekhov Regional Drama Theatre

Reviewed By Александр К - Moscow, Russia

Небольшой уютный театр со своими постоянными зрителями, знающий актеров вживую (город не так велик), и принимающий из постоянно на "ура". Кстати, в этом театре начинал свою актерскую карьеру актер Алексей Булдакова, что может свидетельствовать о качестве актерской работы, на мой взгляд.

5. Regional History Museum

Lenina 149, Pavlodar 140000, Kazakhstan +7 718 261 8137
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5 based on 5 reviews

Regional History Museum

Reviewed By Tony H - Idaho

The exhibits were very well done and informative and well worth the visit. The exhibits were in Kazakh, Russian, and English. What lacking was the history of Pavlodar itself and information about the area. The prehistoric and bronze era sections were fascinating. Following that there is a jump to Kazakh culture, jewelry, and life. There was a room that combined WWII and modern life in Pavlodar (industry, etc.). The 2nd floor was devoted to the merchant who owned the building and used it for his wares. Overall, it is well worth visiting!

6. Ice Arena

Kamzina, 67/1B, Pavlodar 140011, Kazakhstan +7 718 265 3147
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Ice Arena

ICE Arena is a super-modern ice complex. Electronic system with per-minute billing allows you make shopping or lunch breaks between ice skating, locker rooms with chambers for storage will provide a comfortable conditions for everyone.

Reviewed By ArtyomKuhteev - Krasnodar Krai, Russia

если вам нечем заняться и хочется убить время,то вполне рекомендую,самое обычное времяпрепровождение!

7. Lastochka

Kutuzova 19, Pavlodar 140006, Kazakhstan +7 718 254 8151
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Lastochka

Reviewed By Vladimir L - Moscow, Russia

Раньше на месте торгового центра располагался крупный рынок на котором закупались все жители города, затем его же накрыла павильоном и назвали торговый центр, соответственно и цены подскочили, не дешевле чем в магазинах

8. D.P. Bagayev Museum

Lenina 200, Pavlodar 140000, Kazakhstan +7 718 261 8819
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D.P. Bagayev Museum

Reviewed By Tony H - Idaho

The pictures in the museum rotate depending on which photographer has their pictures displayed. It just so happened that the time we stopped, they were displaying Bagayev's actual pictures! This was a treat for us. Even without his work on display, his pictures are in a book on the table for viewing. Beyond that, you can request the video tour. The museum guide told us that this is the only museum in Kazakhstan for photography. Bagayev's photo studio is on display, as well as some of his

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