Ordabasy Square and Independence Park

Ordabasy Square and Independence Park

Located in the oldest part of Shymkent, Ordabasy Square is the starting point of many popular historical and cultural walks: the ancient Citadel at the cradle of the city, Independence Park with national symbols, the holy spring of the Koshkar ata river, Kazybek Bi street with public buildings of the Soviet era, and many other sites.

More than 150 years ago there was a market on the site of the modern Ordabasy Square. Later it was moved to the place of the current “Upper Market”, which is considered the oldest shopping center in Shymkent.

In the center of the square there is a Monument Jer Ana. This is a 34-meter three-sided stele with an 8-meter female figure Jer Ana which means Mother Earth. It symbolizes the unity of ethnicities. The statements of famous judges are inscribed on each side of the stele. The base of monument is decorated with national ornaments. The statements of famous judges Tole bi, Kazybek bi and Aiteke bi are inscribed on each side of the stele, three streets named after them start from the square. 

Upper the Ordabasy Square there is the Independence Park.  

Grand opening of the park took place in 2011 with the participation of the First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in honor of the 20th anniversary of the country's independence. The total area of ​​the park is 82,000 square meters. The main entrance is framed by a monumental arch. In the very center, there is the Monument of unity called "Golden Shanyrak", it is made of 137 metal elements symbolizing 137 ethnicities of Kazakhstan. Granite boards, located on both sides of the central walkway, tell about the most important events in the country’s life from 1991 to 2011.

The pearl of the park is a unique “singing” fountain, its sprays perform dances to modern and national Kazakh music. Numerous compositions of fresh flowers give the park special beauty and uniqueness.

The whole concept and original decor of the park is aimed at revealing its main idea - the greatness of Independence of Kazakhstan.

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