During its existence, Alma-Ata managed to visit a military fortification, was called Faithful and even had the status of the capital of Kazakhstan. Although Astana is now formally the main city of the country, Alma-Ata has retained the right to be called the cultural and economic center of the state.
Due to its location in the foothills of the Trans–Ili Alatau, the city got the opportunity to acquire the largest alpine sports complex in the world – Medeo. It appeared back in Soviet times, and was later modernized. On the streets of Alma-Ata, you can also easily find evidence of different eras nearby. Fountains play a special role in the urban structure. They are not only decorative objects, but also parts of a complex irrigation system. In particularly dry periods, 125 fountains do not allow green spaces to die.