It's the Kazakh Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. It was built in 1941 and mirrored the contemporary architecture style so called "soviet classic" decorated with Kazakh traditional ornamental patterns. From that time Kazakh opera and ballet survived rises and falls depending on economic situation, but always it was known with talented singers. This year (2001) the building was totally restored according to the first design and now it is interesting like a memorial of soviet imposing architecture, rich decorated inside with local semi-precious stones and stained-glass windows.
The Theater Square is one of the most favorite and beautiful places in the old center. The theater is surrounded by picturesque gardens with fountains and sculptures. There is a big fountain in front of the theater, but fortunately it didn't work that moment just to allow me to take the picture.
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