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Excursion to Dolinka and Spassky memorial.

A trip to the KARLAG museum in Dolinka.

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move” 

Robert Louis Stevenson «Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes».

Short description of the excursion trip from Karaganda to the village of Dolinka:

Almaty - Karaganda - Dolinka village - Spassky memorial - Karaganda - Almaty.

The distance of the route by car: 148 km.
Season: year-round.
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights.
Best time for the tour: May - September.

Detailed program on Karaganda and the Spassky memorial:

A trip from Karaganda to the Spassky memorial.

Day 1. Almaty - Karaganda.
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport, departure to Karaganda, arrival. Meeting at the airport, transfer to hotel, accommodation. City tour, a visit to the Karaganda Regional Museum of History and Local Lore. The museum is the largest museum in the area.
The museum was opened in November 1932. In 1936, the museum’s funds were replenished with a collection of archaeological finds sent by an expedition of the USSR Academy of Sciences.
Visit to the regional mosque - a cultural and scientific center located in the ethnographic park named after the 10th anniversary of Independence.
Visit to the Pitmen’s Palace of Culture located on Bukhar-Zhyrau Avenue. The construction of this magnificent palace began in 1940. On the pediment of this building there are six sculptures: a miner, a builder, a shepherd with a lamb, a collective farmer with a sheaf of wheat, Kazakh singer with a dombra and a warrior. Here is a visit to the monument Miner's Glory.
A visit to the Ecological Museum, this is a one-of-a-kind museum; its opening was in 1995. A visit to the cathedral in the name of the Vvedeniya into the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the construction of this temple was started in 1991, ended in 2000.
A visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, in the museum you can see the painting of Karaganda, arts and crafts. Visit to the Museum of Archeology at the University of Karaganda.
Transfer to the hotel, dinner, overnight.
Day 2. Karaganda - Dolinka village - Spassky memorial (148).
Breakfast. Transfer: Karaganda - Aktas village - Dubovka village - Dolinka village (37 km). Arrival in the village of Dolinka, a visit to the museum in memory of victims of political repression.
The Dolinka Museum is represented by 17 exhibition halls in which:
Entrance group with the composition "Broken Shanyrak".
Hall number 1 "Hunger in Kazakhstan."
Hall number 2 "History of the creation of Karlag."
Hall number 3 "The economic activity of Karlag."
Hall number 4 "Women and children."
Hall number 5 "Research activities of prisoners of Karlag."
“Installation of a pre-trial detention center” and others.
Visit "Mamochkino Cemetery" in the village of Dolinka.
Transfer: Dolinka village - Dubovka village - Kurminskoye village - Zhumabek village - Spassky memorial (77 km). Arrival at the Spassky Memorial. Walk around the memorial. Spassky Memorial or Spassky Memorial Cemetery of Camp No. 99, is located 34 km in the south of Karaganda in the Abay district of the Karaganda region. It contained political prisoners and internees, and since 1941, prisoners of war. According to official figures, more than five thousand prisoners are buried here in mass graves. The system of Karaganda camps included many camps and special purpose zones.
Transfer: Spassky Memorial - Karaganda (34 km). Arrival in Karaganda. Transfer to the hotel, dinner, overnight.
Day 3. Karaganda - Almaty.
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport, departure to Almaty.

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Author program of Alexander Petrov. Copying and introduction -  from the sanction of the author

Photos by
Alexander Petrov