8 Best Places to Visit in Pavlodar (With Photos)

In this travel guide, you will get acquainted with the 8 best places to visit in Pavlodar Province of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Pavlodar is indeed the capital of the Pavlodar Province in northeast Kazakhstan. All along the Irtysh Stream, it is approximately 450 kilometers northeast of the country’s capital, Nur-Sultan, and 410 kilometers south of the Russian city of Omsk. The city covered an area of 331,710 people in 2010. Pavlodar’s population is mostly ethnically Kazakhs and Russians, with a large minority of Ukrainians, Germans, and Tatars. Pavlodar Aviation is the closest airport to the city.

Pavlodar was built in 1721 at Koryakovsky Castle, an Imperial Russian stronghold, and is one of the largest cities in the world in northern Kazakhstan. The community was established to gain control of the country’s salt deposits, which are a rich supply of salt.

Best Places to Visit in Pavlodar

1. Mashkhur-Jusup Mosque

The Mashkhur Jusup Masjid, which covers a 6-hectare area in the heart of Pavlodar, is one of Kazakhstan’s holiest places. It was completed in 2001 and therefore can hold 1,500 worshippers over a year of development. Mashkhur Jusup (1858–1931), a Kazakh poet and historian, was honored with the title of the masjid.

mashkhur-jusup mosque
Mashkhur-Jusup Mosque

The madrassah’s lecture rooms, a 300-seat female prayer chamber, a reception hall, a 300-seat restaurant with ancillary halls, a ritual cleansing room, and a closet are all located on the imam’s floor level. By eliminating the movable partitions, the marriage venue and cafeteria may be combined. The male’s worship room, a museum of Muslim heritage, a bookstore, a projector room, and offices are all on the first level. The first level is accessed by the structure’s entrance door.

2. Embankment of the Irtysh

During the Tang War against the West Turks, the Combat of the Irtysh River, also known as the War of Yexi Body of Water, took place in 657, involving Tang Dynasty commander Su Dingfang and West Turkic Khaganate qaghan Ashina Helu. It took place near the mountain range, all along the Irtysh River. Su surprised Helu’s forces, which included 100,000 cavalries, while Helu pursued fake Tang soldiers that Su had stationed.

embankment of the irtysh
Embankment of the Irtysh

During Su’s sneak attack, Helu was beaten and most of his warriors were killed. Helu’s loyal Turkic tribes submitted, and the fleeing Helu was caught the next day. The fall of Helu brought an end to the West Turkic Khaganate, bolstered Tang authority in Xinjiang, and established Tang suzerainty over the West Turks.

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3. Cathedral of the Annunciation

The Holy Annunciation Cathedral in Pavlodar is a Russian Orthodox monastery. The holy tower’s development started in 1993 and was completed on October 23, 1999. It is situated in the town’s heart on the banks of the Irtysh River.

cathedral of the annunciation
Cathedral of the Annunciation

The church was modeled after the churches in Moscow’s Kremlin. The 7 domes represent the Orthodox Church’s ceremonies. Moscow is also responsible for the 9 ringings. The biggest bell measures 1024 kilograms, while the lowest is only 4 kilograms. The cathedral’s top was built in Novosibirsk. The central cross stands 51 meters tall.

4. The Chapel of St. Nicholas

The Tas-Subriint Church of Saint Nicholas is indeed a Roman Catholic church in the Onqor district of Malta, bordering Marsaskala and Abbar. At least in the early 16th century, a prior chapel devoted to Saint Nicholas stood in the region but was deconsecrated mostly in the seventeenth century. The current structure, designed in the Baroque era, was built between 1759 and 1762. The chapel is now inside Marsaskala’s borders, but it is governed by the diocese of Abbar.

the chapel of st. nicholas
The Chapel of St. Nicholas

In 1575, Pietro Dusina paid a visit and discovered that perhaps the chapel had to have an altar but there was still no doorway and it was unadorned. Burl was given the task of installing a heavy door.

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5. Bukhar Zhyrau Literature and Art Museum

In the ancient center of Pavlodar, there is a one-of-a-kind structure that houses a wooden architectural landmark and a significant museum of Bukhar Zhyrau’s history and literature. The museum’s structure was constructed in 1897. It is now regarded as Kazakhstan’s most magnificent timber architecture landmark. It has a strange narrative about how an architectural landmark was built.

bukhar zhyrau literature and art museum
Bukhar Zhyrau Literature and Art Museum

According to Pavlodar’s history, well-known benefactor and businessman Fattah Ramazanov began construction on a masjid. However, the builders had committed severe infractions. According to Islamic canons, the building’s entrance should face east, although there was a little variation of a few minutes. As a result, a new location for a religious structure was picked. The businessman, on the other hand, did not halt the building. As a result, this lovely carved structure developed in the heart of Pavlodar.

6. Chekhov Regional Drama Theater

This theatre was built as a tribute to the famous actor, Michael Chekhov. Michael Chekhov, a Russian-American performer, filmmaker, playwright, and theatre artist was born in the United States. He was a pupil of Konstantin Stanislavski and a grandson of the writer Anton Chekhov. He was dubbed “his most talented student” by Stanislavski.

chekhov regional drama theater
Chekhov Regional Drama Theater

He was mostly a stage actor, although he did make a few important cinema performances, most notably as the Freud therapist in Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound (1945), for which he got his lone Academy Award.

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7. Memorial Complex Eternal Flame of Glory

The location of the Memorial of Glory was turned into a plaza in the 1920s. Even during the Russian Civil War, once Tiraspol was liberated from the White Guard, the commander of the cavalry division, Grigory Kotovsky, was interred there. In the early 1970s, the choice was made to build a monument in Tiraspol.

The Tomb of a War Dead, surrounded by an everlasting light, is the focal point of the monument. Heroes of the Soviets Mikhail Kharin, a combatant in the 2nd Jassy–Kishinev Offensive, lighted the everlasting light at the tomb of the nameless warrior. Teenagers from Tiraspol Secondary Education No. 6 posted the honorable watch at the everlasting flame on April 12, 1972, the 28th birthday of Tiraspol’s deliverance from the Nazis. It is now devoted to the dead soldiers from the beginning of the battle on March 3, 1992.

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8. Gioconda – Best Attractions in Pavlodar

It is for the nightlife in Pavlodar and has a nice ambiance. It is a dance club and disco in the city where many teenagers visit during weekends.


This place is quite famous in the city due to its good service and variety of different drinks and dance clubs. It is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Pavlodar.

Conclusion – Things to do in Pavlodar

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So, these are the best places to visit in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan that you should definitely explore. There are lots of photography spots there where you can capture the most beautiful moments with your camera and share them with the world. One last thing that you should keep in mind is that you should go there with your family, friends or relatives, otherwise you will not be able to enjoy there as much as you can.

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