Discover Pavlodar, Northern Kazakhstan’s Cultural and Economic Center

Pavlodar is one of the biggest and oldest cities in the country. It is located on the banks of the Irtysh River in the northeast of Kazakhstan 50 miles from the border with Russia.


The proximity to Russia left its mark on the culture and architecture of the city that has Russian Orthodox Church and a theater named after famous Russian author Anton Chekhov.

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The population of Pavlodar is over 300,000 people, which defines the city’s calm and safe environment. Pavlodar is also an important industrial and economic center of Kazakhstan. It has metallurgic plants producing steel and seamless pipes mostly for export, oil-processing plants, plant producing electrical, electronic and optical equipment as well as plants of processing industry.

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However the main reason why people visit Pavlodar is to discover its unique architecture that reflects the city’s Soviet heritage. Besides Russian Orthodox Church, the main attractions of the city include Mashkhur Zhusup Mosque and the central embankment of the Irtysh River with its fountains and beaches.

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There are several flights operating from Astana and Almaty, so it is very easy to travel to Pavlodar. Air Astana offers flights from both Astana and Almaty. Local airline Bek Air has flights from Almaty and SCAT Airlines from Astana.